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Silverado High School students gather in their senior quad Wednesday March 14 2018, joining the nationwide school walk out to protest school shootings and gun safety at the Victorville, Calif. (James Quigg / AP)

School safety panel looks at health, security, technology

North Carolina legislators gathered Wednesday to begin evaluating how to make public schools and students safer following last month’s Florida school shootings, with committee leaders promising thoughtful dialogue and plenty of outside input.

Bob and Nancy Ellis, pictured March 11 at their home in Vancouver, Wash., recently joined the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine homestay program as a host family and welcomed Nick Randall into their home during his time at the Washington State University-Vancouver campus. (Alisha Jucevic / Courtesy of Alisha Jucevic)

Host families give a boost to WSU med students

As part of its effort to be a community medical school, each of the 60 students in WSU’s inaugural class is assigned to a city for clinical rotations: Everett, Vancouver, the Tri-Cities and Spokane. Students spend a week at their site three times during the first year and another three during their second to get to know the community and get early hands-on experience with patients.
Lawmakers in a joint committee meeting receive a 157-page school finance study, Friday, March 16, 2018, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (Thad Allton / AP)

Report: Improving schools may cost Kansas $2B more a year

Improving Kansas’ public schools could cost the state as much as $2 billion more a year, depending on its ambitions for boosting student performance, according to a new report Friday that reset the Legislature’s education funding debate.
Link Stockler, center, acts as referee to an Aaron Burr-Alexander Hamilton rap duel between Bart Cudmore, left, and Cooper Johnson, right, while students present some of their original compositions in the style of "Hamilton" Thursday morning at M.E.A.D. alternative school. A large group of students, around 40, won the chance to travel to see the musical Hamilton in Seattle next week after submitting their compositions. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Not throwing away their shot: MEAD Alternative students are headed to ‘Hamilton’

UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 1:12 a.m.

Forty students from MEAD Alternative High School were selected for a daylong workshop in Seattle, where they’ll work with the musical’s cast, perform original numbers and, finally, attend the show itself. They join other schools from around the state, each of which submits a single act to represent them.
This photo provided by Richard Taras shows Jacobe Taras during a family spring break vacation in Florida several days before he committed suicide over school bullying back home in Moreau, N.Y. Jacob’s parents are lobbying for a state law that would require schools to notify parents when their child is being bullied. It’s called “Jacobe’s Law.” (Richard Taras / Associated Press)

Should schools be required to tell parents about bullying?

UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 8 p.m.

Richard and Christine Taras are pushing for a New York law that would require schools to notify parents if their child is being bullied. Known as “Jacobe’s Law,” the measure unanimously passed the state Senate last week but has an uncertain fate in the Assembly.
The Catalyst building is scheduled to open in 2020 in Spokane’s University District. (Courtesy of Avista)

Avista, McKinstry to help EWU pay rent in Spokane

The developers behind the four-story, 150,000-square-foot Catalyst building have agreed to give Eastern Washington University $5 million over the first 10 years of its lease, offsetting most of the cost of rent.
Cheney High School students stand outside the school entrance and take turns giving their thoughts on recent school shootings Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, during a lunch-hour walkout and protest. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Students ignite gun control debate at Cheney High School

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

Dozens of Cheney High School students left their classrooms when the clock struck noon Wednesday and staged an hourlong demonstration in subfreezing temperatures, joining a wave of young people across the country who are demanding tighter restrictions on firearms.
Regal Elementary School students Cheyenne Richey, left, and Erica Stilson, right, present a proposal on school zone cameras to Spokane City councilmembers and other city officials at City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Richey and Stilson are members of Aron Watts’ sixth grade class, who were finishing up a class project aimed at promoting safety for students near schools. (Kip Hill / The Spokesman-Review)

Regal Elementary students suggest alternative use for school zone cameras to capture speeders

Aron Watts’ sixth-grade class told two members of the Spokane City Council on Thursday they should consider rewarding obedient drivers for traveling at posted speed limits through school zones. The presentation was part of a class project prompted by media reports that the city was considering expanding its use of automated speed cameras that had been responsible for hundreds of traffic tickets.
FILE - In this March 4, 2017, file photo, Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich throws during an NCAA college baseball gameMarch 4, 2017, against UC Davis in Corvallis, Ore. Heimlich, who as a teenager pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old girl, will not accompany the Beavers to the College World Series. The 21-year-old left-hander made the announcement in a statement released through a representative for his family. He called going to the series something that he and his teammates have worked toward all year. (Mark Ylen / AP)

Oregon State to require all students to disclose convictions

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 8:40 a.m.

Oregon State University says it will begin to require all students to self-report past felony convictions and any registered sex offender status before enrolling for fall term, but will not bar them from school activities unless they pose a safety risk.