CHARLESTON -- Summer's about over and some schools are preparing for the upcoming year with safety drills.
Make your "Blue Jeans Go Green" at Hickory Point Mall.
Update: 8:00 am, 7/23/14, Wednesday CHAMPAIGN -- Wednesday was the first day of school for students on the balanced calendar.
SPRINGFIELD -- Schools are finally getting money owed to them on time. It's the first time it's happened since 2007.
URBANA -- Students at King Elementary will have a nice surprise when they get back in the fall.
CHAMPAIGN -- St. John's Lutheran School will look a little different next year.
ILLINOIS -- A bill to fix the state's education funding system passed the Senate Tuesday.
DECATUR -- There was a tribute at Baum School Thursday.
Update: 10:05 RANKIN -- A local historic building is in rubble and a woman is out of a home.
Update: 6:00 pm, 5/9/14, Friday RANTOUL -- Students at Rantoul High School are finally free after spending the last week inside their school.
RANTOUL -- A student got a warm welcome back to school Thursday.
DECATUR -- One area school opened its doors Thursday to showcase its unique way of education.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign School Board is looking to redo Dr. Howard Elementary School.
Latest: 4:11 pm, 4/10/14, Thursday PENNSYLVANIA -- Students and staff who were stabbed at their high school Wednesday are recovering.
Update: 10:08 pm, 4/9/14, Wednesday DANVILLE -- The school board met Wednesday night. Several teacher RIF (reduction in force) notices were issued.
URBANA -- Students are being honored for their creativity.
MONTICELLO -- School districts across the area are feeling the pinch from state funding. So one superintendent is reaching out to others to help fill the gap.
Update: 10:04 pm HARRISTOWN -- A grade school principal wasn't going to let a poor health ranking bring her students down.
OAKLAND -- Students were fighting to save the agriculture and art programs at their school.
Update: 3:25 pm, 3/21/14, Friday MONTICELLO -- The high school is opting out of the national school lunch program.
DANVILLE -- A lack of school funding across the state isn't getting any better. Now another central Illinois district is trying to make ends meet.
DANVILLE -- A big vote takes place when the district's bus drivers vote on a new contract Sunday.
ILLINOIS -- State Senator Chapin Rose (R) wants to make sure every school district gets their fair share of funding.
CHAMPAIGN -- Students at Centennial High School are giving kids on the other side of the world a piece of home.
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN -- Students will start summer break later than usual.
Latest: 4:40 pm, 2/14/14, Friday GIBSON CITY -- Students at GCMS High School are getting back into their regular schedules.
Latest: 4:37 pm, 2/14/14, Friday MATTOON -- Teens were back to school Friday after having a few days off.
Update: 10:20 pm, 2/9/14, Sunday DECATUR -- Even though the Winter Games have only been on a week, an area class has been celebrating them for awhile.
SPRINGFIELD -- Some working parents got a helping hand from the YMCA Wednesday.
TOLONO -- School officials are telling parents of Unity High School students not to worry.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are taking aim at school funding saying the current system is unfair.
CHAMPAIGN -- Some students are getting excited about reading thanks to a new program.
CHAMPAIGN -- Snow days, cold days, call them what you want. Kids have been out of school for more days than usual.
CHAMPAIGN -- It's another day with frigid temperatures.
Whether it's for cold or snow someone has to make the call to close school. However what goes into making that decision?
SPRINGFIELD -- State school officials are asking the legislature for a more than $1 billion increase in funding.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Tuesday is the seventh snow day of the school year for some students.
Update: 10:13 pm ILLINOIS -- The official state snack, popcorn, could be banned from public schools.
Update: 5:32 pm, 1/19/14, Sunday DANVILLE -- Shopping for school clothes may be a little different for some parents this year.
GEORGETOWN -- Adults will have a chance to add a new skill to their resumes.
CHAMPAIGN -- Scott MacAdam submitted his letter of resignation at Monday night's board meeting.
SPRINGFIELD -- School districts in our area say they don't get as much state funding as they should, so a group of lawmakers is trying to make a change.
CHAMPAIGN -- Parents can start registering their kids for kindergarten today.
URBANA -- After months in the making, an all-boys school in Urbana-Champaign is finally a reality.
CHARLESTON -- After the shooting at Sandy Hook, many schools around the country are taking a second look at security.
ILLINOIS -- A new law is changing your kids' vaccination schedule.
SPRINGFIELD -- The National School Lunch Program has undergone some major changes in the past year, but it's leaving some kids still hungry during the day.
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.