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Education

Just 1 question: What did you learn about your school?

As the 100th class to graduate from Armstrong Township High School, 2016 seniors decided to do a little digging in preparation for this weekend's birthday bash.

Area update: Paxton police, public works chiefs clash

PAXTON — There is animosity in Paxton between the police chief and the superintendent of the public works department.

Area update: Investigation near finished into abuse of 'Bear'

SIBLEY — Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran said Tuesday that his office has almost wrapped up its investigation into the abuse of Bear, the brown Labrador mix found tied to a bridge near Sibley and badly injured last month.

But it might be a while before any arrests come.

For the record: Keeping it cool (and warm) in school

A series using documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act to dip deeper into the news and analyze issues

If you think your electric bill's high, imagine how much it would run to warm up — or, if you're fortunate enough to have A/C, cool down — a century-old school.

Teacher of the week: Tammy Pollitt

On Wednesdays, we'll spotlight a difference-making area educator. To nominate a teacher, tweet to education reporter @Nicole_Lafond with the hashtag #TeacherOfTheWeek.

This week...

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults in East Central Illinois

Third in state

Champaign's Next Generation finished third in the IESA Class 1A Scholastic Bowl state finals on May 6. It marked the school's fourth consecutive trip to state (third in 2015, first in 2014, second in 2013).

Next Generation lost to Peoria Academy in the first round before beating West Salem, Jacksonville Our Savior and Immaculate Conception.

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments throughout our communities

Academic honors

— Illinois Wesleyan University announced the following students made the honor roll for the spring semester:

Classmates, school pay tribute

FISHER — Monday, classmates gathered around a makeshift memorial in Justin Unzicker's honor. This weekend, they'll remember the popular senior in a more formal setting.

Sunday is graduation day for Fisher High's Class of 2016. The chair Justin would have sat in will have his robe draped over it and a rose placed on it, Superintendent Barb Thompson said Monday.

Professors protest Rauner's nomination of Bambenek to IBHE board

URBANA — Gov. Bruce Rauner's nomination of a part-time University of Illinois lecturer to represent college faculty on the Illinois Board of Higher Education is prompting backlash at the UI and across the state.

Students walk out in Oklahoma City to protest budget cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of middle and high school students at three separate Oklahoma City schools have staged a walkout to protest continued cuts in the district's budget.