Villa Grove district's payout to former superintendent: $335,000

VILLA GROVE — The Villa Grove school district will pay $335,000 to its former superintendent as part of a settlement of a wrongful-termination lawsuit.

The district released the six-page agreement Wednesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

West Virginia teachers return to classroom

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Schools across West Virginia reopened Wednesday as families got back into their daily routines following a nine-day teacher strike.

The strike was declared over Tuesday after the Legislature passed and the governor signed a 5 percent pay raise to end what's believed to be the longest strike in state history. The last major strike, in 1990, lasted eight days.

Striking GEO workers set up 'occupation' at admin building

URBANA — Anthropology graduate student Natalye Tate pitched a tent just steps from University of Illinois President Tim Killeen's office in the Henry Administration Building late Tuesday afternoon.

Annual 'Illini Success' survey shows job, salary prospects improving

URBANA — An improving economy appears to be translating into better career prospects and higher salaries for University of Illinois students, based on its third annual survey of graduates.

Teacher of the Week: Eleni Sofronis

Meet ELENI SOFRONIS, a veteran Latin teacher at St. Thomas More who moved to the United States from Greece in 1990. She's been teaching at the Champaign high school since opening day in 2000, but will retire at the end of this academic year. Here's more:

Ditching Urbana High's deans would be bad idea, school board told

URBANA — Tuesday night's Urbana school board meeting was standing-room-only as members of the public and district employees came to discuss a controversial plan proposed by district officials earlier this week.

Youth Assessment Center to open April 1 on Round Barn Road

CHAMPAIGN — The county's Youth Assessment Center has found a new home that it plans to open next month.

It was announced in December that the center, which diverts youth from the criminal-justice system, would leave its current location at 402 N. Randolph St.

Protesters occupy UI president's office

URBANA — Striking University of Illinois graduate employees occupied the UI president's office on Tuesday afternoon, a day before the next negotiating session with the university.

Issues behind GEO strike take center stage at UI Senate meeting

URBANA — Professors and students expressed frustration Monday with University of Illinois administrators about their handling of negotiations with striking graduate employees.

Unit 4 using $9.6M federal grant to introduce magnet themes at 3 schools

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 plans to implement new educational themes in three of its schools by August, thanks to funding from a $9.6 million grant the U.S. Department of Education awarded the district.