Rivals team up to bid on energy project

They compete for top faculty and students, but two major public research universities have partnered on a bid for a $500 million biofuels and biosciences project with British fuel company BP.

The University of Illinois has joined with the University of California at Berkeley to try to land the BP Energy Biosciences Institute.

Achievement test scores delayed until at least January

BEMENT – School administrators say they can't make targeted plans to help students learn if they don't know results of achievement tests they took last spring.

State school officials now say scores for the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests – the foundation for most school improvement plans and for work plans for individual students – won't be released until January at the earliest.

Champaign school officials tap UI for north side proposals

CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois students showed off their ideas Thursday evening of what a new school campus in Champaign might look like.

School officials and community members heard about ideas for a Great Campus in north Champaign that would include Stratton Elementary School, the Early Childhood Center and Columbia Center.

Senegalese artist urges pupils to add personal touches to art

URBANA – Though Yelimane Fall doesn't speak English, he had no trouble communicating with fifth-graders from Wiley Elementary School on Thursday morning.

In a guest lesson, he – and they – spoke the language of art.

Urbana school board to get updates on programs

URBANA – Urbana school board members will hear Tuesday about the progress of a variety of middle school, high school and adult education programs.

The school board meets in study session at 7:30 p.m. in the Burkholder Administrative Service Center, 205 N. Race St., U.

Champaign school's computer lab gets overhaul

CHAMPAIGN – The students in Kenwood Elementary School's computer lab last week were working on new computers, in a spruced-up room with new carpet, new lights and a fresh coat of paint.

Kenwood Librarian Todd Lash was using a new LCD projector to show students a Web site and direct them where to go on the site to learn about online guestbooks. He'll soon have access to other new technology to engage students.

Nursing classes to be offered at EIU through 2011

DANVILLE – Pre-nursing students can earn a baccalaureate degree from the Lakeview College of Nursing on Eastern Illinois University's campus for at least another five years.

Lakeview and Eastern officials recently extended a deal that allows the nursing college to hold classes at the Charleston campus through 2011.

Bottenfield club helps kids keep moving

CHAMPAIGN – Justin Lumetta can rattle off his stats just like a professional athlete.

Ask him how his running is going, and he'll tell you the number of laps he can get in on the playground during recess and how that's improved since last year. He'll tell you how many plastic feet he's earned for his miles, and how he's competing with a classmate who has a few more than he does.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm officials seeking band instruments

RIDGE FARM – Georgetown-Ridge Farm school officials are asking for the public's help in getting a relatively new band program off the ground.

School officials launched the program for fifth-graders at Ridge Farm Elementary School last winter. Now they're looking for donated musical instruments for some of the budding musicians.

Bement school superintendent seeks end to two days off

BEMENT – Students in the school district won't learn much about Veterans Day if they don't attend classes.

That's what Superintendent Darrell Stevens thinks, and that's why Bement is holding a hearing to waive Veterans Day and Lincoln's birthday as school holidays.

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