Illinois program urges students to “Seek Help Before Harm” Students who feel they have no place to turn can use a program that allows them to provide information confidentially. With Safe2Help, details will be relayed to local school officials and a 9-1-1 call center, depending on the nature of what’s shared. Samantha Kanish, Safe2Help’s School Safety and Policy Advisor, said the program encourages […]

Police arrest teenager suspected of threatening Urbana High School

Police have arrested one of the people suspected of threatening violence against Urbana High School. The arrest of a 16-year-old girl took place on Tuesday in Chicago. Urbana Police say the teenager is one of the people who threatened on Nov. 7 to bomb and shoot students at the high school. The Urbana school district […]

Update: Urbana HS to hold e-learning day on Thursday

URBANA – Urbana High School will hold an e-learning day on Thursday. The decision comes after the school went into lockdown for much of Wednesday after someone sent threats of violence. No one was hurt in yesterday’s incident. The FBI and Urbana police are investigating the threats but so far there are no arrests. Urbana High […]

Update: Police finish sweep of Urbana schools after closure

URBANA – Updated Monday, Nov. 7 at 4:50 PM: Police finished their sweep of Urbana High School and Urbana Middle School after the schools received gun and bomb threats on Monday morning. According to Urbana Criminal Investigations Division Commander Mike Cervantes, police did not find anything suspicious on school premises. Cervantes expects schools to reopen […]

University of Illinois organizations educate peers on immigrant communities

When immigrants arrive in Urbana-Champaign, local organizations ensure those without resources receive beds, baby clothes and diapers. The Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. and I-CAUSE, a student organization that supports DACA students, hosted an event on November 2nd to educate peers about the immigrant community outside of campus. Visitors at the event were able […]

Savoy asks Unit 4 school district to reinstate neighborhood schools

SAVOY — The Savoy Village Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend the Champaign Unit 4 School District reinstate neighborhood schools. The Savoy Board of Trustees said they were reflecting concerns Savoy parents had brought to them.  “I believe what you’re all saying is that you want to promote neighborhood schools with a goal of […]

Schools, students still recovering from pandemic learning loss, state report card shows

SPRINGFIELD – Student test scores continued to fall last year but new data shows Illinois’ students are on the path to recovering from the learning loss that occurred during the pandemic. Numbers from standardized tests administered last spring show steep declines in the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards in English language […]

Where are central Illinois students recovering fastest from COVID-19 learning loss?

MATTOON — Black and Hispanic students are learning more quickly in the Mattoon school district than in any other school district in east central Illinois. The Illinois State Board of Education published information on student growth  Thursday alongside its 2022 Illinois Report Card. The state calculated growth for local schools and districts by measuring student […]

What are Champaign Unit 4 schools doing for Black families?

CHAMPAIGN — As the Champaign Unit 4 School District debates further desegregating its schools, many parents have asked — what else is the district is doing to advance racial equity? Unit 4 Superintendent Shelia Boozer answered that question at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. “Unit 4 does an amazing job. No matter which building you’re […]

Police: 2 killed in shooting at St. Louis high school

(This story has been updated to correct the number of dead in the headline and update the number of people wounded.)  ST. LOUIS — A gunman broke into a St. Louis high school Monday morning, fatally shooting a woman and a teenage girl and injuring seven others before police killed him. The shooting just after […]