The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Nov. 2, 2014

How rough have Champaign Central students had it the past several decades? We invited 10 acclaimed alums to tell us, two days before voters say yea or nay to a new $97.7 million high school.

Plays the trombone in the Marching Illini

State releases report card data for schools

The Mahomet-Seymour, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and DeLand-Weldon school districts can proudly tack their state report cards to the refrigerator this year.

The three districts earned the area's highest scores for public school graduation rates and ACT test scores, according to the Illinois State Board of Education's in-depth 2013-14 report card, released Friday.

Jamaica, Catlin voters get their say on consolidation

For years, the Catlin and Jamaica school districts have struggled to provide their students with an optimal education in the face of declining enrollments, state funding reductions and ever-increasing expenses.

Now voters in these two small, rural districts in southern Vermilion County are days away from deciding whether a consolidation could improve the situation.

Flipping the script: The students have become the teachers

URBANA — Two Urbana teachers are shaking things up in the classroom this year.

Since you asked: Behind the video of referendum supporters

TODAY'S ONLINE QUESTION: What's the story behind the clever Friends of Champaign Schools video on YouTube?

The more college campuses he visits, the more Austin Maltbia realizes he hasn't been exposed to top-of-the-line technology at Centennial High School.

G-RF students work to stop bullying

GEORGETOWN — It's quite common for Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School students to show their school spirit by wearing purple, white and gold attire.

But on Tuesday, students and staff throughout the district traded in T-shirts and hoodies in their school colors for blue shirts to make a statement against bullying.

Confronting meth

VILLA GROVE — "How many of you know what meth is?"

About 75 percent of the Villa Grove High School student body shot their hands in the air after Illinois State Trooper Tracy Lillard asked the question.

The response surprised Lillard, who admitted she didn't know what the drug was back when she was in school.

Schoonover appointed new principal at Edison Middle School

CHAMPAIGN — Edison Middle School has a new principal.

The Champaign school board voted 6-0 on Monday night to appoint Angela Schoonover to the position.

Schoon­over, 33, comes to Edison from Centennial High School, where she has served as assistant principal since August 2010.

New facilities could spur achievement, officials say

CHAMPAIGN — If voters approve increasing taxes for a new Central and renovated Centennial High School on Nov. 4, district residents might see increased academic performance among high school students, school officials say.

Slate of candidates coming up for Danville schools chief

DANVILLE — Danville school board members this week will get their first glimpse at the contenders for the school district's top job.

SchoolExec Connect consultants Kathy Robbins and Diane Robertson will present a slate of about six candidates to the board at special meeting on Wednesday.

The meeting will be closed to the public for the purpose of discussing personnel.