Future uncertain for writing project funding

The University of Illinois Writing Project's Summer Institute is in its fourth year, and founder Gail Hawisher says it is some of the best professional development available for teachers.

"(Teachers) come away so excited, so enthusiastic to know they are part of this national community of teachers who focus on writing," she said.

Teachers' summer institute aims to improve writing

URBANA — When it's time for writing in Bridgett Laird's sixth-grade classroom, she'll hear a familiar refrain from at least a few of her students — "I don't have anything to write about."

UI instructor will tweet from shuttle launch

A University of Illinois instructor will be tweeting live from the final shuttle flight.

Joanne Manaster is one of 150 selected — out of 5,500 who applied — to attend the last shuttle launch today as part of the NASA tweetup, where Twitter users congregate online.

Youngest schools chief in Illinois? At Rossville-Alvin

ROSSVILLE — Since coming to the Rossville-Alvin school district in 2009, Crystal Johnson has worn several different hats including grade school principal, athletic director and assistant superintendent.

This month, she put on a new one: district chief.

Vermilion prosecutor: No decision on schools chief

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County state's attorney said he has not decided yet whether to pursue criminal charges against the former Georgetown-Ridge Farm schools chief despite the school board's desire for him not to do so.

Rules change for substitute teachers

CHAMPAIGN — Those interested in being a substitute teacher for the Champaign or Urbana school districts will now need to go through an interview.

Both districts are changing the way they select substitute teachers, while the state has changed the way substitutes are authorized to work in schools.

Recruitment fairs begin this week for Champaign substitutes

The Champaign school district will host substitute teacher recruitment fairs at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., at the following times and dates:

- 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

- 1 to 4 p.m. July 11.

- 5 to 7 p.m. July 12.

Retiree to fill in as superintendent in Georgetown-Ridge Farm

GEORGETOWN — A familiar face will return to help guide district schools while Georgetown-Ridge Farm School board members look to find both a new superintendent and a principal for Ridge Farm Elementary School.

Former Superintendent Kevin Tate was hired as interim superintendent for the district at a special school board meeting Sunday morning.

Students get good start with dual credit

URBANA — Melissa Duong just graduated from Centennial High School and is a sophomore at the University of Illinois.

Freshman year? Who needs the time and expense, when you already speak Vietnamese and some Spanish, and you're moving on to a career in international business?

President Hogan: Raises yes, furloughs no

CHICAGO — On the anniversary of his first day here, University of Illinois President Michael Hogan said that despite continuing economic problems, he is determined not to impose furlough days on UI employees next year, and that staff raises are forthcoming.