Hundreds of youths visit Champaign for a day of learning

CHAMPAIGN — Registered nurse Mary Butzow is teaching the boys in uniform about CPR.

"Don't choke the patient," she advises one intense Boy Scout.

Snow days bring delay in state tests for some schools

Around the third snow day, Ann Burton was growing concerned. By the eighth, she was downright nervous.

After all, testing for the Illinois State Achievement Exam was right around the corner in March. But all of those days off had left students at Hoopeston Area Middle School, where Burton is principal, behind in the curriculum and preparation for the high-stakes test.

Deadline's midnight for student financial aid forms

CHAMPAIGN — Current and future college students who plan to apply for state financial aid for 2014-15 should do so soon.

Ideally by midnight tonight.

$70 million for Digital Lab for Manufacturing brings $250 million more

CHAMPAIGN — How do you design and make a product quickly using high-quality materials? How can you get that product quickly to your customers? And how do you make the best use of your company's resources, like the employees?

Workshop set for parents on educational transitions

URBANA — A LEAP (Linking Educators and Parents) workshop on educational transitions will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (today, Feb. 25) at the Urbana Free Library in the Lewis Auditorium.

Catlin-Jamaica committee agrees on more consolidation issues

CATLIN — Committee members are still weeks away from having a final merger proposal to give to the Catlin and Jamaica school boards for consideration, but came to a consensus on several key points at a weekend meeting.

Library events, Feb.23-March 2, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Superintendents seek to 'slow down the train' on new high-school test

The state's plan to switch to a new student achievement exam has run into opposition from top Illinois high schools, who argue that the ACT is a better tool and that the expanded hours of testing could lead to a "veritable season of test-taking" every spring.

Atwood-Hammond school to be demolished

The Atwood-Hammond School Board has decided its high school building will be demolished. The decision came Wednesday after the district received no bids for the property. The minimum bid had been set at $130,000.

The school district officially annexes into Arthur-Lovington on July 1. High school students will attend at Arthur, while those through eighth grade will remain in Atwood.

Fisher board OKs curriculum changes

FISHER — The Fisher school board approved curriculum changes in English, science and math for the senior/junior high school after teachers there met as professional learning committees to improve the curriculum.

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