Children play in an open space in Barkedu, Liberia.
(Tommy Trenchard for NPR)
November 10, 2014

Ebola Today Could Mean Illiteracy Tomorrow In West Africa

Ebola is threatening to reverse years of educational progress in West Africa. The virus has kept school closed for months in a region where literacy rates are low and school systems are only now recovering.


November 04, 2014

Catlin, Jamaica School Districts Vote To Consolidate

The tiny Jamaica and Catlin school districts will become a little less tiny next summer. Voters in both South Vermilion County districts approved a referendum to consolidate into the new Salt Fork.


November 03, 2014

Plan To Study Competing Eng-Med Plans Going To UI Trustees

The University of Illinois Urbana campus has been developing plans for a new engineering-focused College of Medicine that would utilize new engineering trends like “big data” and bioengineering. But now, not one, but two plans will be sent along to the Board of Trustees.


November 03, 2014

Champaign Public Schools Hope Voters Approve $149 Million For Construction

Politicians aren't the only ones who've spent this year selling themselves to voters. The Champaign Public School System has hedged its bets on residents voting yes on a $149 million bond sale, which would increase property taxes to district residents.

The District says it needs the money to expand and renovate Centennial High School and build a new Central High School.

Unit 4 Suprintendent Judy Wiegand says the school board has exhausted all options, and landed on the bond sale because of the increasing space constraints in the district.

"It's the capacity issue," she said. "The fact that we're already at 104 percent capacity at both of our high schools and have to put portable classroom trailers in front of one of our high schools in order to have enough classroom space...if we do nothing as a community, it will only get worse and it'll go up to 120 percent."

Wiegand says the property tax increase has been a tough sell. She says if the referendum fails tomorrow, the District is prepared to adjust their ask for a future election.


The audience and panelists listen to a speaker addressing an information meeting on a school consolidation referendum for the Catlin and Jamaica school districts.
(Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media)
October 28, 2014

School Consolidation Referendum Sparks Disagreement

If voters in the Catlin and Jamaica school districts say yes in the November election, their two, small, south Vermilion County school districts will consolidate into one district, to be called the Salt Fork school district. But opponents of consolidation are raising concerns.


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