One of three seats up for grabs in the November election. There are no salary or healthcare benefits provided for this position. The term length is four years.
* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
Spokane schools are in a bind over a short-term shortage of substitute teachers. A hiring binge in the wake of recent court ruling that required more state spending on basic education, such as full-day kindergarten and smaller class sizes, raided the pool of temporary help.
Spokane voters easily approved a City Charter amendment giving the police ombudsman more authority and a tax to ensure that branch libraries won’t close.
Whether it was the balloons or the lively rendition of “Happy Birthday,” it was impossible to miss the party room on the seventh floor of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center on Wednesday morning. It was East Valley High School math teacher Roger Jamison’s birthday. Or rather, his stem cell birthday.
Washington kindergartners are physically coordinated enough for their first year of school, but their ability to count to 20 and clearly express themselves are lagging, according to a new assessment released by the state. Early-learning advocates suspected the state’s kindergartners were entering school less than fully prepared, especially low-income and minority students. Now there’s data to back up the theory.
Chester Elementary School fifth-graders debated in class recently whether cutting a worm in half resulted in two worms or a dead one. Since the class was divided on the issue, the teacher told students to think about the answer as they continued to familiarize themselves with the squirmy vermis.
Statewide test results released Wednesday show more Washington students are passing their science and math exams. Spokane Public Schools, Mead and East Valley school district students improved math scores in all grades in which assessments were given, third through eighth and 10th, according to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Central Valley sixth-graders’ scores dropped 9 percentage points, while in West Valley third- and fifth-graders tested lower than last year.