Champaign Schools

Champaign Schools

ACE Teacher Award winner has instilled love of music in a new generation

CHAMPAIGN — Brandon T. Washington is an accomplished musician who has performed solo and as part of groups for many years.

But his biggest impact of all may be at Dr. Howard Elementary, where the 45-year-old has instilled a love of music in a new generation.

Unit 4, teachers union still at odds after latest negotiations

CHAMPAIGN — Two weeks after its members voted to authorize a strike, the Champaign Federation of Teachers and the Unit 4 school district remain at odds over a new contract.

The latest negotiating session, held Tuesday night, failed to result in a deal. The next session is scheduled for Nov. 14.

Better late than never: Westview adds kindergarten class

CHAMPAIGN — The first quarter of the school year ended Friday for most Unit 4 students, but several Westview Elementary kindergartners are just getting started.

Family fighting vaccination policy enforced by Unit 4, Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — In a district of more than 10,000 students, 43 have been granted medical or religious exemptions and cleared for classes without getting immunization shots.

Two Unit 4 educators among those honored by state board of education

CHAMPAIGN — Two Champaign school district educators are among 241 teachers up for recognition this weekend by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Unit 4 says Booker T. Washington principal on 'extended leave of absence'

CHAMPAIGN — Just over a year since taking over as principal at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy, Thea Perkins is on an "extended leave of absence" from the school district, officials said in a letter to parents Tuesday.

In the note sent by Unit 4 Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Ivory-Tatum and obtained by The News-Gazette, Perkins' absence was described as "effective immediately."

Champaign teachers union 'overwhelmingly' votes to authorize strike

CHAMPAIGN — The union that represents teachers in the Champaign school district has voted to authorize a strike.

Michelle Anderson, second vice president of the Champaign Federation of Teachers, said members held a vote Thursday afternoon after a lack of a breakthrough with district administrators.

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Unit 4 school district agrees to buy family's house

CHAMPAIGN — Not long ago, the Champaign school board deemed the house at 617 W. Church St., C, unneeded for its plans.

But on Tuesday evening, the Unit 4 school district agreed to pay $298,000 and become that property's owner, ending a years-long state of "limbo" for Tim and Deb Bowers, the current owners.

Deb Bowers called the sale a relief.

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