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Name change for University of Idaho College of Education

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 7:26 p.m.

The University of Idaho’s College of Education has changed its name to the College of Education, Heath and Human Sciences. The state Board of Education and the university’s leadership has approved the new name, which reflects a broader mission than training teachers, officials said.

Can computers enhance the work of teachers? The debate is on

Sun., Aug. 27, 2017, 9:37 a.m.

Britney Wray, a math teacher at Washington Leadership Academy, helps sophomore Kevin Baker, 15, with a math problem during class in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)
In middle school, Junior Alvarado often struggled with multiplication and earned poor grades in math, so when he started his freshman year at Washington Leadership Academy, a charter high school in the nation’s capital, he fretted that he would fail.

Making sense of the numbers: College rankings in perspective

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 9:06 a.m.

Research suggests college rankings have a significant impact on where students apply to college, regardless of whether they fully understand what each ranking system measures. But the rankings don’t tell the whole story about any school, and they’re often based on arbitrary, biased or unreliable factors. (Spokesman-Review graphic)
Research suggests rankings have a significant impact on where students apply to college, regardless of whether they fully understand what each ranking system measures. But the rankings don’t tell the whole story about any school, and they’re often based on arbitrary, biased or unreliable factors.

WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine welcomes inaugural class

Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 7:13 p.m.

Ekra Rai smiles as she accepts the white coat from Dr. Larry Schecter, left, and Dr. Steven Grossman, right, during the Inaugural White Coat Ceremony of Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at The Fox Theater on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
More than a dozen Washington State University deans, faculty and guests helped welcome the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s inaugural class at a ceremony Friday, where the 60 doctors-to-be donned white coats embroidered with the crimson cougar.

Poll: Support for charters drops markedly over past year

Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 9:18 p.m.

In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, children hold signs during a rally in support of public charter schools at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Support for charter schools has fallen significantly over the past year, according to a national opinion poll. Only 39 percent of respondents say they support the formation of charter schools, compared to 51 percent last year. The study was released by Education Next, an education journal published by Harvards Kennedy School and Stanford University. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
Expanding charter schools around the country is losing support among Americans, even as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to push for school choice, according to a survey released Tuesday.

DeVos kicks off emotional battle over campus sexual assault rules

Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 2:21 p.m.

In this Aug. 9, 2017, photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is interviewed by The Associated Press in her office at the Education Department in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)
After barely surviving her confirmation battle and facing sporadic protests during visits to schools, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could hardly have teed up a more fraught, emotional and divisive issue to launch her tenure: campus sexual assault.

DeVos say school vouchers part of tax overhaul discussions

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 2:10 p.m.

In this photo taken Aug. 8, 2017, Kelsey Nellis, second from right, instructs employees in preparation for the start of the school year at the Mountain View Christian Schools in Las Vegas. (John Locher / Associated Press)
More than a third of U.S. states have created school voucher programs that bypass thorny constitutional and political issues by turning them over to nonprofits that rely primarily on businesses to fund them. But the programs are raising questions about transparency and accountability at a time when supporters are urging that they be expanded into a federal program.

DeVos says she didn’t decry racism enough

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 8:38 a.m.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is interviewed in her office at the Education Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday distanced herself from her comment earlier this year about the nation’s historically black colleges and universities being pioneers of school choice, saying that in the past “there were no choices” for African-Americans in higher education.

Spokane community college students face child care rate hikes

UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:03 a.m.

Brittany Clovis, who is in the School Plus afterschool child care program, is immersed in her new book while others skate or read Friday afternoon at Skate Plaza in Coeur d’Alene. At Spokane Community College, students with children in the  CCAMPIS child care program could see rates rise dramatically this autumn. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Four days a week, before heading to classes at Spokane Falls Community College, Amanda Miller drops off her 2-year-old daughter at a day care center on campus. As a single mother and college student who earns minimum wage tutoring her peers, Miller, 27, is grateful that she has access to affordable child care in a county where average rates

Gonzaga language program for ESL students grows in popularity

UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

High school students practice their dancing, Thursday, July 27, 2017,  for a graduation ceremony on Friday after a three-week English school for immigrants and refugees on the Gonzaga campus. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
The Gonzaga Summer Language Program wrapped up its 19th year on Friday. The program, which teaches English-language skills to children and adults from immigrant and refugee communities, faces the challenges of teaching a foreign language as well as creating a safe space for traumatized children.

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