In the early 1950s, anthropologist Oscar Lewis traveled to a small village in northern India to document life there.
Not only did he jot down notes and snap photographs of the residents, Lewis also sat down and talked with them about everything from their local festivals to family planning.
CHAMPAIGN – U.S. District Court Judge Joe Billy McDade will not take open public comment at an Oct. 19 hearing in the Champaign school district's consent decree case.
But those who want to weigh in on the issues confronting the district may submit a written statement. Based on the written statements he receives, the judge may allow limited comment from some groups or individuals at the hearing.
CHAMPAIGN – While the school district looks at how to fulfill a consent decree mandate to add seats in north Champaign, it also must consider the growing population in Savoy, said school board member Scott Anderson.
He said the explosive growth in Savoy means that area is underserved by the school district.
CHAMPAIGN – Schools are always in need of more notebooks, pens and highlighters. But towels, sheets, and pots and pans?
The Champaign and Urbana school districts make good use of those items too. There are always families in need, whether they are fleeing Hurricane Katrina, made homeless by a fire, or starting over because of domestic problems.
SAVOY – If the Champaign school district builds a new school in Savoy, it could be at a different location than the one proposed last year as part of its building plans.
Developer Randy Peifer is considering offering 15 acres along First Street, south of Church Street, for a school.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district outlined successes in meeting the goals of its federal consent decree in a report filed Friday with the U.S. District Court.
And it pointed to existing plans that will help it fulfill its obligations, and new steps to speed up its progress.
CHAMPAIGN – Since last spring, the Champaign school board has been asking parents and teachers to talk about their concerns for their buildings.
They're sure to get plenty of comments, and questions, from the parents at South Side Elementary School. The board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the school, at 712 S. Pine St., C. There will be a tour of the building at 6:30 p.m. The PTA is providing child care.
RANTOUL – After a second mediation session that lasted almost five hours, Rantoul Township High School teachers and board members reached a tentative contract agreement Monday.
"I'm glad we're focusing back on education and keeping the kids in school," said Superintendent David Requa of the agreement on a two-year contract.
CHAMPAIGN – Teachers know the telltale signs of hunger – children who ask for snacks before 10 a.m., wolf down two bowls of cereal at breakfast or seem tired and inattentive in class.
Studies have shown nutrition directly affects school performance, and across the country educators can see a difference in kids who don't get enough to eat at home.
URBANA – For people who work in the Urbana school district, a book about the effects of poverty on children may be more popular than even "The Da Vinci Code."
The book, called "A Framework for Understanding Poverty," was written a decade ago by Ruby Payne, a former teacher and principal and now a worldwide speaker on child education. Her book, which defines class differences and gives methods for teaching impoverished children, has sold about a million copies.