By Johnathan Hettinger/For CU-CitizenAccess.org — On April 17, Jeremy Irons of Urbana was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated domestic battery and intimidation. He had smashed his girlfriend’s head against the interior of her car until she passed out and then later choked her and threatened her by saying he might go to get a gun.
By Eleanor Black/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- The state budget for agricultural education is once again coming under the scythe.
In June 2010, the Illinois State Board of Education adopted a budget that zeroed out the $3 million funding under Gov. Pat Quinn, but by August, Quinn announced he restored it to $1.9 million.
Indiana high school athletic association tries concussion logging system; Illinois considers similar plan2015-05-26
By Sean Hammond/For CU-CitizenAccess.org -- The Indiana High School Athletic Association logged 1,217 concussive events in high school athletics throughout Indiana during the fall season.
How many occurred in Illinois? Nobody knows for sure.
By Sean Hammond/ For CU-citizenaccess.org -- Dustin Fink suffered his first concussion growing up in Lone Tree, Colorado, when he ran into a post on the playground in fourth grade. It was the mid-1980s and the school nurse looked him over, he recalled, sent him back to class and that was that.
And as the state superintendent of education, it is Christopher Koch's job to watch over all of them."I oversee the implantation of pre-K through 12 education," said Koch, who has held his position since the end of 2006. "We need to look not just at whether kids are attaining a grade level, but whether they're closing achievement gaps that are in place."
She eagerly volunteered in classrooms and enthusiastically helped staff school events. She worked her way up to be recognized as a leader of her local parent-teacher organization.
A 2013 Illinois State Board of Education report shows Champaign public schools' four year high school graduation rate at just over 86 percent, approximately three percent higher than the state average.