Driver's ed fee in Champaign will double next summer

CHAMPAIGN – Driver's education fees for Champaign students will double, beginning next summer.

The fee for behind-the-wheel instruction will increase from $50 to $100. The school board on Monday night approved a gradual increase in the fee up to $200 over the next three years.

Mahomet-Seymour High School helps families in need

CHAMPAIGN – Late Friday afternoon, a small convoy of cars and pickup trucks laden with food pulled into the lot at Restoration Urban Ministries.

As charity officials watched, students from Mahomet-Seymour High School's student council delivered more than 1,000 pounds of food collected during a recent drive.

Carrie Busey students raising money for Crisis Nursery

CHAMPAIGN – 'Tis the season for Christmas lists and making gift requests of Santa. But the kids at Carrie Busey Elementary School are also thinking about giving.

The school is holding a fundraiser this week to collect money for Crisis Nursery. Students are collecting change in their classrooms for the "Change for Change" fundraiser, and they hope to raise $1,800. To do so, they are asking for help from the community.

Students learn to work out problems, avoid fights

URBANA – Small fights can get big fast. A little gossip, a couple punches. Someone holds a grudge, someone gets hurt.

It's not pretty, and when anger gets out of control, one needn't search far from the front pages of recent newspapers to find that its consequences can be tragic.

Danville board to vote on increased tax levy

DANVILLE – The Danville school board will vote Wednesday on whether to adopt a 2007 tax levy that would increase the amount of property taxes the district brings in next year.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., Danville.

Franklin group also working on vision for successful men

CHAMPAIGN – When Henry Ross was growing up, he never saw a diploma displayed on someone's wall.

He missed a lot of school, and when he did show up, he didn't do what he was supposed to.

Champaign students' driver's education fees might quadruple

CHAMPAIGN – Students who get behind-the-wheel driver's training at Champaign's high schools could be paying four times as much for that instruction soon.

School district administrators have proposed increasing the fee from $50 to $200.

Champaign schools' tax request up for public discussion

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district will hold a public hearing Monday night on its proposed 2007 tax levy of almost $73 million – a 16.79 percent increase over the nearly $63 million in property taxes collected by the school district last year.

The district will likely collect about $66 million, an increase of $3 million or about 6 percent over last year, according to the calculations of Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas. So why is it asking for so much more than that?

Choose with caution: Drug plans more expensive next year

It was already hard for Shirley Stewart to make ends meet on her fixed income.

Then her Medicare Part D prescription drug plan dealt a surprise blow to her budget this year: big cost-sharing increases for all six of her diabetes medications.

School club's goal: Improving boys' grades, self-esteem

CHAMPAIGN – The 16 boys listened quietly as Edison Middle School Dean Edwin Wilson ticked off the reasons the odds were stacked against them.

Young black men like them were more likely to be turned off by education by the latter years of elementary school. That disconnect from academics leads to discipline problems.