Y starts offering programs for Larkin's Place long before groundbreaking for new facility

CHAMPAIGN – The groundbreaking may be months away, but the Champaign County YMCA isn't waiting to start programs for Larkin's Place, a recreation center where typically developing children and those with disabilities will be able to learn and play together.

Economic times mean more competitive bids for Danville school work

DANVILLE – Danville school officials have discovered that a silver lining of the down economy is the competitive bids they've received for some critical building projects this year.

Jefferson teacher is tops in her field in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – What is the connection between Miley Cyrus and the atomic bomb?

We're not looking for a punch line here.

Rather, when Christine Adrian poses that question, or a similar one, to her eighth-grade students at Jefferson Middle School next year, she expects some in-depth research and a serious analysis.

Terms in bilingual education

Definitions of terms used in bilingual education

English Language Learner (ELL): a student learning English.

Bilingual education one way to break barriers to learning

By A.M. COLE/For The News-Gazette

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C-U Scholars program aims to prepare more students for life after high school

Say you're a high school student in Illinois and you've met the state's graduation requirements.

Doing that much, and no more, is not going to get you into most of the state's four-year universities. It might not get you a well-paying technical job either.

Around the Big Ten

News from the home cities and states of the Big Ten universities:

PURDUE: Scientists join battle against egg-borne salmonella

C-U Scholars program requirements

Requirements for the C-U Scholars Program:

– Academic courses:

Four years of English; three years of math; three years of laboratory science; three years of social science; two years of a language other than English.

– Physical fitness:

Academically, Nebraska is a 'good fit' for Big Ten

URBANA – Fifty years ago, the Big Ten presidents formed an organization to promote academic collaboration among their member universities.

Catlin board OKs sale of bonds, but districts hopes not to use them

CATLIN – School officials cleared the way for the sale of up to $1.13 million in working cash bonds on Thursday, but Superintendent Gary Lewis said he hoped the district would not have to sell them.

Lewis described the possible sale of the working cash bonds as a contingency plan in case the state fails to pay the district what it owes.