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Lawmakers see shot to kill scholarships

CHAMPAIGN — There's new momentum to eliminate the controversial General Assembly scholarship program, three local state representatives said Tuesday.

Shining Vikes learn how to help new kids adapt

DANVILLE — Edison Elementary School is launching a program to help new students adapt to their new environment and make friends more easily.

Under the program, about 40 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders — called the Shining Vikes — will act as school ambassadors.

Middle school teacher gets her students thinking about citizenship

Two local teachers were recently honored for excellence and innovation in the classroom, one in Champaign and one in Urbana. They teach different disciplines — social studies and math.

Teacher brings math to kid level

Two local teachers were recently honored for excellence and innovation in the classroom, one in Champaign and one in Urbana. They teach different disciplines — social studies and math.

Danville schools program promotes positive messages

DANVILLE — Some Danville public schools hope to promote a more positive environment this year with the help of a new social curriculum.

The district is introducing the Nurtured Heart Approach at North Ridge and South View middle schools and Cannon, Edison, Garfield, Liberty and Mead Park elementary schools.

UI nears halfway point to finding $60 million in savings

The University of Illinois is nearly halfway to its goal of saving $60 million over three years by centralizing functions and eliminating waste.

So far, $26 million in savings have been found, up from $12 million at the beginning of the calendar year. About half of the savings stem from one area, centralized purchasing, and another $6 million-plus comes from information technology.

UI's Urbana campus considers electronic communications policy

URBANA — The Urbana campus has never had a formal policy on electronic communications and will soon enact one that could be a model for all three campuses of the University of Illinois.

UI student farm to have open house

URBANA — The University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm will hold an open house later this week.

The open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the farm, which is located near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Windsor Road in south Urbana.

Schools, agencies get state funding for at-risk family programs

The Danville and Urbana school districts, the Center for Children's Services in Danville and the Developmental Services Center in Champaign are a few of the local entities that have won state funding, aimed at helping at-risk infants and toddlers get a leg up on their education and in life.

Program beneficial to school nurses

BISMARCK — When school nurse Josie Siddens starts her day, she makes sure to have the tools of her trade on hand: a stethoscope, thermometer, nebulizer and — what's come to be her most indispensable tool — a cellphone.

"It's a lifeline," said Siddens, who serves nearly 1,000 Bismarck-Henning students who are spread out in three buildings.