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Education

Unit 4 parents will learn next week where kids will attend kindergarten

PEORIA – Champaign parents will find out next week where their children will attend kindergarten, now that the Champaign school district is free to proceed with a student-assignment plan that uses economic status as a factor.

At a hearing in the consent decree case in federal district court in Peoria on Tuesday morning, Carol Ashley, the attorney representing the district's black students, said she wouldn't object to replacing race with economic status as a factor in student assignments.

Woman wants universities to cut ties with Russell Athletics

CHAMPAIGN – Tears spill from Norma Mejia's eyes as she talks about her two young sons back home in Honduras.

Instead of going to school, they're working construction to help support the family. Mejia, a seamstress, lost her job when Russell Athletics closed the local factory, and she said she's been blacklisted from other factory work.

3 Champaign high school redistricting ideas presented

CHAMPAIGN – Parents of Champaign students learned about three possible options to decide whether their children will ultimately become Central Maroons or Centennial Chargers.

But school officials admitted the discussion remains a work in progress.

Ultra-conservative man shouting, but who's listening?

Mark Thompson is screaming from the treetops – figuratively – but he's worried that nobody is listening.

He's running radio spots, promoting his Web site (www.campconservatism.com), writing to Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly, draping toilet paper on trees and organizing a protest this weekend next to the home of University of Illinois President B. Joseph White. So far, though, he's just a non-silent minority.

Community colleges to offer UI profs' ag classes

URBANA – Some community colleges will be offering online agriculture courses taught by University of Illinois professors starting this fall.

Introductory courses will be available in animal sciences, crop production, horticulture and soils. All Illinois community colleges are eligible to participate.

Former St. Malachy administrator sues for defamation

RANTOUL – A former development director at St. Malachy School is suing the local priest and diocese for defamation of character.

Carolyn L. Taylor worked as an administrator for the Catholic grade school in Rantoul.

Ruling on good faith hearing expected soon

PEORIA – A federal court judge will rule soon on whether he'll require a "comprehensive good faith" public hearing before the end of the Champaign school district's consent decree.

Plaintiffs' attorney Carol Ashley has asked for a hearing on whether the district has complied in good faith with the consent decree, which aims to establish racial equity in a number of areas within the district. In a motion filed Monday, she stated: "That this decree should automatically end without a public accounting of district successes and failures seems inconceivable."

Unit 4 clear to use economic status in assigning schools

PEORIA – The Champaign school district will go forward with its student assignment plan using economic status as a factor.

At a hearing in the consent decree case in federal district court in Peoria on Tuesday morning, Carol Ashley, the attorney representing the district's black students, said she wouldn't object to replacing race with economic status as a factor in student assignments.

Plaintiffs file another motion in consent decree case

CHAMPAIGN – The plaintiffs in the Champaign school district's consent-decree case have filed a second motion seeking to extend the consent decree, in the areas of special education and alternative education.

The motion was filed Monday afternoon, the day before the two sides in the case appear in federal district court in Peoria to argue on a previous motion to extend the decree.

Uni High team wins science, technology competition

URBANA – A team of four students at University Laboratory High School in Urbana placed first Sunday in the 17th annual Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program.

Sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, the ExploraVision program is the world's largest K-12 science and technology competition. This year, the program received 4,388 team entries representing the participation of 13,774 students from across the United States and Canada.