Esther Cepeda: Common sense out window in attack on authors

CHICAGO — Even before Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld's "The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America" was published, the book was being denounced as sociologically lightweight and packed full of historical blind spots. Chua, who gained notoriety as "The Tiger Mom," was savaged as a "full-blown eugenics-pushing racist."

Symphony presents youth concerts

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday and Wednesday will present "It's All About Style," the CUSO Youth Concerts for this year.

About 3,500 grade-school students from throughout Champaign County will attend the performances, conducted by Maestro Stephen Alltop, at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

New member named to Ludlow school board

LUDLOW — Allen Walker has been named to the Ludlow school board.

Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said Walker moved to the community about two years ago. "He moved here because he was reassigned to this area (by his employer)," Lobmaster said.

Monticello contacts neighboring districts over cooperation

MONTICELLO — Piatt County school districts will receive a letter from Monticello school officials asking if they wish to cooperate on future endeavors that could include the sharing of facilities and instructional resources.

Urbana set to buy another property near high school

URBANA — Slowly but surely, the Urbana school district is gobbling up property one block north of the high school.

A home at 906 S. Race Street will soon become the 15th lot on its block owned by the district, according to chief financial officer Carol Baker.

"I estimate there were originally 21 lots on that block," Baker said. "We now own all but six of them."

20 things to know about Paul Tatman

Next month, the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation will honor four graduates of local public schools. Between now and the April 12 ceremony, we'll tell their stories.

First up: 20 things to know about 74-year-old self-made businessman PAUL TATMAN.

1 He lives in a log cabin on a large private lake in rural Oakwood, and sometimes goes fishing for dinner.

Centennial grad is student trustee at ISU

Meet Centennial grad Aaron Von Qualen, 24, who since 2012 has held the post of Illinois State University student trustee.

Walk to school program to start at Urbana school in April

Some elementary school students in Urbana will be participating in a new program next month that's aimed at promoting a healthy and safe lifestyle.

Uniform dress code

DANVILLE — Twelve-year-old Chandler Cockrell prefers wearing jeans and a T-shirt to school.

But his mother, Jennifer, looks forward to seeing her son — and all Danville school students — in simple polo shirts and khaki slacks and looking more uniform.

"Personally, I think it's a good idea," said Cockrell, whose youngest son is a sixth-grader at South View Middle School.

Higher-ed leader wary of state budget

Further cuts to Illinois higher education will curtail any progress made on improving the state's college completion rates, warns the executive director of the state's board of higher education.

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