GIFFORD -- Kids ran to school this morning eager to get back in the classroom.
CHAMPAIGN -- Hard work paid off for some parents.
GIFFORD -- Gifford's school is opening its doors, but not for class.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Every parent wants their child to do well in school, but when there's trouble, we probably push for less time with friends, more studying and even extra credit. But, there's something else a lot of us have forgotten about.
FLATVILLE -- School starts Monday for students in storm-ravaged Gifford.
GIFFORD -- A lot of families want to know what happens with school in the wake of this week's devastating storms.
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- With dwindling budgets from the state, a volunteer group is helping teachers make ends meet.
CHAMPAIGN -- District leaders are partnering with a company from the University of Illinois research park to bring new technology to schools.
URBANA -- Family and friends honored a girl who died suddenly with a school concert.
ASHMORE -- A Coles County village may have a new place to get together in case of an emergency.
CHAMPAIGN -- A school is taking home a big-time award.
CHAMPAIGN -- Drivers are learning the hard way they need to slow down near schools.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Unit 4 School District is re-igniting the conversation about where to build a new high school.
CHAMPAIGN -- Before the school board meeting started, teachers came out to remind the board they're still waiting for a new contract.
CHAMPAIGN -- School leaders are taking a look at many different details before deciding on a new home for Central High School.
CHAMPAIGN -- After a student is hit by a car, parents plan to ask the city for a crossing guard.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The UI is one of the best in the country.
CHAMPAIGN -- Parents are on alert after a stranger approached a student after school.
SPRINGFIELD -- P.E. classes around the state could soon force students to be more active.
NEW BERLIN -- The National School Lunch Program is supposed to get students eating better, but some schools are dropping out because the kids refuse to eat the food.
SPRINGFIELD -- The heat is forcing District 186 to send kids home early at more than 30 schools.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Monday was also the first day in class for UI students.
DANVILLE -- Monday was the first day of school at East Park Elementary. Students and staff came back to something new.
SPRINGFIELD -- Some parents wait a year before they sent their kids to school, but now the state is encouraging them not to wait too long.
DANVILLE -- The warm weather has schools around the area switching up schedules.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Some area schools will dismiss students early this week because of excessive heat.
CHAMPAIGN -- The first day of school can be pretty hectic, so school leaders got a head start to make sure the first day of class went according to schedule.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- While it's the first day of school in Champaign, other students have a little longer summer break.
CHAMPAIGN -- It's the first week of school for many kids in the area.
CHAMPAIGN -- Drivers in the area saw something Monday they haven't seen in months.
Update: 2:46 pm, 8/15/13, Thursday ILLINOIS -- Earlier this week, the state passed a new law regarding sex education in schools.
ROSSVILLE -- Rossville-Alvin High is getting a makeover before the first day of school, but the students going there will be a little younger than before.
URBANA -- A group aims to get kids ready for school by helping with supplies.
DECATUR -- Students are getting a head start on the school year.
ILLINOIS -- About 1 million students in Illinois now qualify for a free- or reduced-lunch.
TUSCOLA -- Kids in Douglas County got a head start on back-to-school shopping and they didn't have to pay a penny.
CHAMPAIGN -- Some students already have their first day of school under their belts.
DANVILLE -- School officials are trying to get fewer kids to miss school.
URBANA -- A group needs your help to send kids to school prepared.
CHAMPAIGN -- Tuesday, dozens came to interview for the chance to lead a class.
CHAMPAIGN -- Many students will be stopping by the doctor's this summer.
SPRINGFIELD -- A bill to change how sex education is taught in schools is making its way to Governor Quinn.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- The school year may be winding down, but district leaders are still looking for ways to keep students safe.
ATWOOD -- Students at Atwood-Hammond Elementary broke a sweat to help stop cancer.
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Quinn is looking at a bill to help public schools save money by merging.
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CHARLESTON -- Some of the district's youngest students are practicing what to do if a gunman comes to their classroom.
CHAMPAIGN -- It's a relationship some say can change lives and Wednesday, students say 'thank you' to their mentors.
SPRINGFIELD -- Some lawmakers hope to crack down on drivers speeding in school zones.