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Greetings: Week of April 30

 This week on, a website and social network devoted to coverage and discussion of social and economic issues within Central Illinois:


Local schools see deep drop in white students

 By Pam G. Dempsey and Melissa Silverberg/CU-CitizenAccess — Over the past decade, public schools in Champaign County have seen a loss in white students, but none more so dramatic than in its two largest urban school districts. 

Officials attribute the shift in students to national trends mirrored by census data as well as more choices in private education. 

“In general, the county is becoming more diverse, and it’s not necessarily the case of white families leaving Champaign-Urbana,” said Jane Quinlan, regional superintendent for the Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education. 

Hear the radio story on Illinois Public Media 


Low income students up more than 50 percent in Champaign County schools

Public school districts everywhere have seen dramatic increases in the number of low-income students as overall enrollment has decreased or remained the same. 

Across the county, nearly half of students enrolled in public schools are now low income — a 56 percent increase over a decade ago. 

Among schools with 900 or more students, Rantoul, Champaign and Urbana school districts have the highest percentages of low-income students. Low-income students are defined as all schoolchildren (ages 3 through 17) receiving free or reduced-price lunches or other forms of government aid.


Blog: Second Ramos arrested in D.C. 

An extradition hearing is scheduled next week for one of the two local landlords who manage the Cherry Orchard housing complex south of Rantoul.

Bernard Ramos was arrested by Washington D.C. police April 10 on two civil contempt warrants issued by Champaign County last year.


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