Dean's list: Parkland College

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This week: Parkland College dean's list recipients from the area for the Fall 2018 semester

Alvin — Wyatt Edwards

Urbana school board narrows executive search firms down to 5

URBANA — A school-executive search firm with a history of "mishandled" searches and a former employer of interim superintendent Preston Williams are among five candidates the Urbana school board is weighing as partners in the district's search for a new superintendent.

Teacher of the Week: Alicia Bachert

Meet Unity West Elementary School first-grade teacher ALICIA BACHERT, whose classroom theme all day, every day stays the same: kindness.

Program battling child hunger in Danville gets $5,000 from Balloons Over Vermilion

DANVILLE — Eight years ago, retired nurse Rose Gates launched a program to help feed children in need when they're not at school. Four years later, her all-volunteer, donation-funded program was feeding around 180 kids identified through Danville school district social workers.

Illinois starts 2nd year of private school scholarships

ROCKFORD (AP) — Illinois' taxpayer-funded private school scholarship program is beginning its second year, though the new governor has criticized the initiative.

The Rockford Register Star reports that the second year of the Empower Illinois program began Tuesday. The program's first year ran into technical issues after the online registration system shut down following high demand.

UNC removes Confederate pedestal from campus

The last remnants of a Confederate statue were removed from North Carolina's flagship public university early Tuesday at the request of UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt, who also announced her resignation in a move that increases pressure on the system's board of governors to give up on plans to restore the monument.

Killeen remains optimistic about DPI after talk with Pritzker over holidays

URBANA — University of Illinois President Tim Killeen remains optimistic about the future of the Discovery Partners Institute under newly inaugurated Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Champaign school board puts admin raises on hold; no word on why

CHAMPAIGN — Monday night's planned announcement of 4 percent raises for select Unit 4 administrators was delayed at the 11th hour.

School board President Chris Kloeppel said the item would appear on a future agenda but didn't specify when. Questions from The News-Gazette about the raises, who they would affect and why they were delayed went unanswered by the district.

Champaign library's Girls Who Code class aims to reformat gender gap

CHAMPAIGN — After launching several services geared toward entrepreneurs in 2018, the Champaign Public Library is turning its attention to another major issue in the tech community: the gender gap.

Women represent just 26 percent of the computing workforce, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 15, 2019

SADEE SCAGGS is getting a jump-start on her college career, taking classes at Danville Area Community College.

But she isn't done with Westville High just yet. Our "High School Confidential" correspondent will take over The News-Gazette's Snapchat account Thursday to show what makes her school so cool. Follow along by searching for "news-gazette" on the app.