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Moscow police Chief James Fry, left, and Moscow Fire Chief Brian Nickerson, right, talk to a man in a parking lot April 13 at the University of Idaho, where multiple students from the Northwest Organization of Rocket Engineers were injured while testing a rocket fuel, in Moscow. (Geoff Crimmins / Associated Press)

University of Idaho examines safety updates after explosion

UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

The University of Idaho has identified 14 recommendations to improve safety and emergency response policies following an explosion in a school parking lot that injured four students, according to a review released Thursday.
Washington schools Superintendent Chris Reykdal poses for a photo in Seattle in 2016. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Superintendent of schools unveils six-year plan for schools

UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 9:28 a.m.

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal says lawmakers must expedite their work on satisfying a court mandate on putting more money toward basic education in Washington state. But he also wants them to start thinking about how to reshape the system in the coming years once that immediate work is done.

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DeVos considering roll back of Obama-era approach to campus sexual assault

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has refrained from saying whether her department will continue or reject the Obama administration’s controversial approach to cracking down on campus sexual violence. She plans to meet Thursday with advocates on all sides of the issue. Thoughts? CH

CdA trustees select interim superintendent

The Coeur d’Alene School district has chosen an interim superintendent. Stanley Olson will lead the school district for one year, while the board of trustees searches for a permanent replacement. According to his one-year contract Olson will be paid $133,000. His first day will be on July 1.

"I came to visit it the other day," said Robyn Robinson about the 2017 Nissan Versa Sedan she won from Findlay Nissan in Post Falls on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. She is a graduate of Post Falls High School. The Nissan is her first car. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Post Fall grad wins new car

Perfect attendance and a minimum 3.5 GPA during the students’ second semester senior year won 24 students entry into a lottery, sponsored by Post Falls Findlay Nissan to encourage high academic performance. Twelve students qualified from Post Falls High School, eight from Lake City High School and 4f from CdA High. What was your 1st car? CH

Senate kills bill adding Idaho questions to civics test

An Idaho Senate panel has spiked a proposal suggesting that high school students should have to pass a civics test that included at least 25 questions on the history of Idaho. Members on the Senate Education Committee said Tuesday they liked the overall concept of the bill, but couldn't sign off on...

Donald Trump perfect candidate for preschoolers, study says

A study published in Developmental Psychology shows how Donald Trump's aggressive and domineering behavior is perfectly suited for empathy void preschool children, according to an article published Wednesday in the Atlantic.

Mead considers elementary school boundary change

The Mead School District is holding a community forum on Wednesday to hear input about proposed changes to elementary school boundaries. The board of directors will not vote on the proposed changes this school year.
Spokane Public Schools received a $44,601 rebate from Avista this week.  (Dean Davis)

School district gets $44,601 energy rebate

Spokane Public Schools received a $44,601 rebate from Avista this week. The rebate was presented at Wednesday’s board meeting and comes from energy efficiency improvements made across the district in 2015.

5 education reads found in the last 7 days

Schools in Afghanistan, hunting for on-time college graduates, does money really help kids and more. Education reads from the last seven days.

5 education reads found in the last 7 days

More education writing. This week covers imposter syndrome, (especially among high-achieving students of color) the five folk looking to run the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (what a wacky name), suspension and more. Happy weekend!

Audit finds some discrepancies in ALE program

A state audit of Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) programs found discrepancies between the number of students districts reported for funding purposes and the number of students classified as ALE students by the state. The report was released by the Washington State Auditor’s Office on Monday.

5 reads found in the last 7 days

More education reading for the normal sized weekend. Topics covered: Is high school too easy? Should some kids skip college and go straight to the workforce? A film about a high school prom in Florida makes it to Sundance, and more.
"I don’t want my children to feel the same sense of failure I did growing up because they’re not good at passing tests," says Ben Fogle, adventurer and conservationist.  Fogle has rowed the Atlantic Ocean, raced across the Antarctic and run across the Sahara desert. A passionate conservationist he works as a broadcaster all over the world. He has written seven books on travel, adventure and the outdoors.
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Give students a real test: send them outdoors

OUTDOORS EDUCATION -- Instead of pumping so much time and money into exams, our schools should focus more on well-being and encouraging children to connect with the natural world. That's the message from Ben Fogle in a piece he wrote for The Guardain. ‘I don’t...

State charter school organization forms PAC

The Washington State charter Schools Association has formed a political action committee in hopes of influencing charter school legislation. The PAC, called WA Charters PAC, has given more than $20,000 to campaign accounts.

SPS school choice application opens

Spokane Public School students and parents can apply to attend a school other than their neighborhood school starting Tuesday.
Stream ecology is one of the conservation courses taught at the  American Wilderness Leadership School. (Courtesy)

Conservation camp sponsorships offered to educators by Safari Club

OUTDOOR EDUCATION -- Educators are being offered sponsorships for week-long conservation camp where they can earn two-four graduate credit hours. Applications are out for the 2016 American Wilderness Leadership School at a facility near Jackson, Wyoming, organized by Safari Club International. Six different week-long sessions...
Marc Brackett

‘Raise your hands if you think emotions matter’

Emotional intelligence researcher Marc Brackett spoke Thursday about the importance of teaching emotional intelligence in the classroom. He presented at the Young Child Expo & Conference via Skype after his flight out of New York was canceled.

Perkins loan program ending

Via our Washington, D.C., correspondent, Kevin Graeler, the Perkins Loan program is ending.

Upcoming events aimed at promoting secondary education

Next week more than 50 representatives from colleges, the military and scholarship foundations will offer workshops and events to Spokane-area students with the hope of interesting them in some sort of secondary education.

State Attorney General asks courts to reconsider charter school ruling; he cites concerns about potential impact on other programs

The Washington Attorney General requested that the State Supreme Court reconsider whether charter schools are unconstitutional, Thursday. The attorney general raised concerns that the Court's ruling could threaten similarly funded programs including Running Start. "Regardless of one's feelings about charter schools, the Court's reasoning in...
Eden, 6, writes her name during kindergarten registration in 2014. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

It’s time to register

Spokane Public Schools and Central Valley School District kindergarten registration is next week.
The Sierra Club youth ambassador summer internship involves, among other things, going out with the club's Inner City Outing trips to introduce urban kids to the outdoors. (Sierra Club)

Bill to help get kids outside gets hearing in Olympia

OUTDOOR EDUCATION -- A Senate committee will hold a hearing today, Feb. 11, at 1:30 p.m. on “No Child Left Inside,” a bipartisan bill (SB 5843) that provides $1.3 million for programs to get kids to away from their screens and back outdoors. A...

Education headline roundup

Education offers a variety of interesting stories. The following are a few headlines from around the country.
Flamingos gather at lagoons in the high Andes of South America.   (Pacific Biodiversity Institute)

Birding, fly fishing programs presented this week

OUTGROUPS – Inland Northwest outdoors groups have drummed up some good stuff for their monthly free programs. Among this week’s offerings are: • Trans-America touring and local bicycling programs will be discussed by three speakers, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at Riverview Retirement Center, 2117...

University Of Idaho hold symposium on energy in the West

​The inaugural Idaho Symposium on Energy in the West, a new collaborative event series presented by the University of Idaho College of Law, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at Idaho National Laboratories and the Energy Policy Institute at Boise State University, will be held...
A pair of common loons produced one chick in their first nesting effort at Long Lake in 2009. The female loon was back on a nest in May 2010 before Fish and Wildlife Department officials reported that she had been shot around May 9. Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr. (Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr.)

Outdoor groups revive monthly programs

OUTTEACH – After a summer hiatus, Inland Northwest outdoors groups are reviving monthly free programs. Among this week’s offerings are: Bicycling Trans-Washington, 6:30 p.m., Monday, at Riverview Retirement Center, 2117 E. North Crescent Ave., for Spokane Bicycle Club. Audubon Adventures, birding and nature activities for...

Court asked not to sanction Lege over school funding

OLYMPIA – The Supreme Court should not go down a “slippery slope” and punish the Legislature because it didn’t come up with a complete plan earlier this year to improve public schools, the state attorney general’s office said. Although the public education is the state’s...

Travel: Explore Ann Arbor

If I told you I’d gone to the city to see a few shows, listen to some impressive live music, catch a cutting-edge film festival, spend time in world-class museums, and chow down on an astonishingly diverse and multicultural dining scene including Cuban, Ethiopian, Mexican,...
WREN wildlife camp.

Send your kids to “wildlife” camp near Coeur d’Alene

NATURE -- WREN, a Coeur d'Alene-based environmental education and conservation nonprofit organization, is accepting applications for its July 11-12 wildlife camp for youths ages 11-13. The campers will meet in Coeur d'Alene before heading to wildlife education field trips in the lower Coeur d'Alene River...

Bulletproof Blankets

As Unapologeticdemocrat noted in the Gun Violence thread, bulletproof blankets are a thing-- and sales are booming. The alarming rate of school shootings across the country appears to have added an unsettling new item to parents' list of "back to school" items: bulletproof armor for...

Idaho school spending cuts through recession were deepest in the nation

Idaho led the nation for cuts in per-student public school spending through the recession, according to an analysis by ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight blog, spending 12.3 percent less per student in the 2011-12 school year than in 2008-09. That’s using inflation-adjusted figures. New Mexico came in second...

UI summer science camps let nature be teacher

NATURE -- The University of Idaho is offering summer science camps that allow youths grades 6 through 11 to go outdoors for hands-on discovery. Enrollment is open for students interested in spending a week The McCall Outdoor Science School on the shores of Payette Lake...
Wild turkey gobbler during breeding season. (Associated Press)

Idaho wildlife experts talk turkey to teachers

WILDLIFE -- Wild turkeys have a lesson to teach, according to the Idaho Fish and Game Department, which has scheduled a teacher's workshop based on the birds this month. Although turkeys roam wild areas and neighborhoods alike, many people know very little about the giant...

NEWTECH Skill Center gets EnviroStars certification

Good news from the Spokane River Forum: The first school in Spokane County to do so, NEWTECH Skill Center has earned an environmental certification typically given to businesses. EnviroStars certifies businesses whose practices and policies reduce and properly manage hazardous waste and conserve resources. Because...

Friday Quote: “Shop class deserves a more prominent role in schools”

​Last week I wrote for TreeHugger about how bringing back an updated version of Home Economics class in schools could benefit all children by teaching them important life skills. Similarly, I think that shop class for both boys and girls should have a more prominent...

Idaho K-12 Cuts Among US Steepest

During the recession, Idaho’s public school budget cuts were among the deepest in the nation. And while Idaho’s 2013-14 public school budget included a $28.6 million increase, the added money merely kept pace with inflation and enrollment growth. These are two findings from a national...

UI’s Fire Ecology and Management Receives National Academic Certification

The University of Idaho is blazing the trail for fire ecology programs across the nation. The program received national academic certification by the Association for Fire Ecology. UI’s program is one of the first fire degree programs to receive the national certification and will serve...

Plummer-Worley OKs Tax Levy

Voters in the Plummer Worley School District on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation approved a two-year tax levy Tuesday that will spare the district from eliminating funding for all athletics, moving to a four-day school week and making other severe budget cuts. About 60 percent...

Otter: Education is state’s #1 economic priority

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has sent a guest opinion out to Idaho newspapers declaring that education is the state's top economic priority. “We have a variety of incentive programs designed to foster business opportunities in Idaho, but the most important thing we’re able to provide...

Tuesday Video: Students speak out on environmental concerns

This video comes from SxSW Eco last fall and it demonstrates the power of getting kids to understand and care about the environment. During the conference, a group of well-informed students from the The Khabele School in Austin attended to learn about environmental issues and...
OLYMPIA -- With students from Seattle's Cleveland High School as a backdrop, Gov. Jay Inslee makes a pitch to close tax breaks and use the money to improve public schools. (Jim Camden)

Inslee: Extend temporary taxes, close loopholes to spend more on schools

Gov. Jay Inslee explains his budget as students from Seattle's Cleveland High School look on. OLYMPIA — The state should make temporary tax increases on beer and some business services permanent, cancel a variety of other tax breaks and spend an extra $1.2 billion on...
A teenage fly fisher in action at a northeastern Washington fly-fishing lake. (Rich Landers)

Spokane-area instructors groomed for fly fishing in the schools

FLY FISHING -- An instructor training program for the National Fishing in Schools Program -- a nationwide program that brings outdoor education indoors to students in grades 6-12 -- is set for Sunday (March 24) at the Loon Lake Elementary School. The idea is to...

SpokeFest grant opportunity gets kids on bikes

Effective this Friday, SpokeFest Association is accepting applications for its Bicycle Education and Safety Grant Fund, a very successful and inspiring program. Grants will be awarded to schools and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that have a project which the organization can complete in a defined period...

Otter on education

Gov. Otter signaled his intent to avoid a clash over quick action on education reform, recommending that a task force he is creating return with recommendations for action in 2014. Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/12/27/2393930/idaho-gov-otter-asks-for-a-year.html#storylink=twt#storylink=cpy Following the Nov. 6 defeat of the three Otter-backed Students Come...

Ex-Dem Exec Pushes Luna Laws

The latest campaign commercial in the fight over whether to repeal Idaho's controversial school reform laws is running statewide, including in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene market. John Foster, a lobbyist and political consultant who's behind the new “Parents for Education Reform” PAC that's running the ad,...
Vintage books on organic farming. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

A simply lovely statement

I love this guest columnist’s thoughts from today’s New York Times. Education in America is at a crisis point. Some places get it right, while others simply warehouse kids until they reach 18-years-old. And some people – like this writer - survive the system, and...

Friday Quote: “You are Brilliant and the Earth is Hiring.”

This is a much longer quote than usual but it’s well worth it. Below is the text of a commencement speech by Blessed Unrest author Paul Hawken at the University of Portland from May 3rd in 2009. It’s incredibly moving and a clarion call for...

Join Spokane’s “Volunteers in Pruning”

Calling all tree fans: The Volunteers In Pruning - also knowns as VIP - program will train local tree fans on the ins and outs of pruning this Friday. You can learn about pruning objectives, tree biology, proper pruning cuts, and several types of pruning....

Allan: Carlson Wrong Re: Donations

Before I respond to Chris Carlson’s recent column attacking the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Indian Gaming, I want to start by disclosing a few things. First, I support Indian gaming. I have seen first-hand how gaming on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation has transformed this community...

Feedback on today’s column

"Your column today about the ignorance of young people was good and, of course, humorous," wrote retired teacher Jeff Brown. "But it also is a particular hot button of mine. We live in interesting times -- runaway technology is proof positive that Eric Toffler was...

INW: Ex-NFLer Page Values Education

Former NFL star Alan Page challenges North Central High School students to learn how to learn and spoke of the value of education Thursday during a gathering at the Spokane school. John Stucke story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle) Cartoon: Gadhafi meets a dictator's end/David...

Detectives offer sex offender information

Here's a report from Sgt. Dave Reagan: Recent angst regarding a suspected sex offender watching children at a Spokane Valley school has prompted the sheriff’s Sex Crimes unit to offer information that might clarify how sex offenders are monitored in Spokane County and eliminate some...

Other states joining Idaho to defy No Child Left Behind requirements

It turns out that Idaho's not alone in vowing to ignore the latest requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act in an act of defiance against the federal government that demonstrates their growing frustration over an education program they say sets unrealistic benchmarks for...

Garfield Elementary works on water conservation

This is cool: Spokane’s Water Stewardship program is working with the Garfield Elementary School and its APPLE program students to upgrade the faucets at Garfield Elementary School with automatic faucets that turn off when they aren’t needed. How did they pay for this feature? The...

Kid gives inspirational speech after learning to ride a bike

There are many reasons why I ride a bike - it keeps me healthy, it saves me money, it's good for the planet, and, most importantly, it's fun. Fun like being a kid again. I remember the thrill of learning to ride a bike when...

Greening the schoolyard

In the new book Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, Berkeley-based environmental planner Sharon Danks looks at the methods in which landscape design, architecture, child development, and nutrition converge in the schoolyard. Shanti Menon, from OnEarth, interviewed her recently. Danks' firm, Bay Tree...

Budget cuts and school changes

What kind of changes are you hearing about at your kids' schools due to budget cuts? I'm hearing larger class sizes by combining grades, as in first-graders and second-graders in the same class and 3-4, 5-6 combos. Then upwards of 31 kids in the room....

$1 Million Grant Funds WSU Extension ‘Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth’ Project

Exciting news: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Washington State University will develop and run the People's Garden School Pilot Program which will serve an estimated 2,800 students attending 70 elementary schools in Washington, New York, Iowa and Arkansas. The Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth pilot...

Greg Mortenson packs ‘em in

Greg Mortenson, the author of "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools" drew a crowd of at least 4,000 to Gonzaga University's McCarthey Athletic Center -- on a night when this basketball-obsessed college was playing an Elite Eight women's game right down the road....

Greg Mortenson on the military

I just finished interviewing Greg Mortenson, the co-author of "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools." I have tremendous admiration for him and his work building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and I have written an extensive story for Saturday's paper. But I didn't...

Some writers should check their work

When processing a letter that derides teachers in the public schools, it's often tempting to publish it as is -- without correcting spelling or punctuation. This one arrived today: I believe if you want any clue to how well the teachers union and their members...

The ten states running out of smart people

There are several states in the U.S. that are losing the eduction race to most of the others. In the past decade, these states have declining math and reading scores, lower numbers of people with bachelor’s degrees, and comparatively fewer residents who hold white collar...

Hillyard Mann Center clarification

At this morning's meeting in the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee it was brought up that Spokane Public Schools will put in an alternative high school program at the Mann Center. I just checked with Spokane Public Schools and that's not correct. Spokane Public Schools does...

WA Lege Day 23: Gov v. SPI on education

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire made the pitch to unify the state's school systems from preschool to gradulate degrees under her office, even if it means getting rid of the state's elected school chief. "This is not about one governor...This is about having one system,"...
Gov. Chris Gregoire explains proposals for education and higher education at a press conference in Olympia on Wednesday. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Gregoire proposes education czar

Gov. Chris Gregoire explains proposals for education and higher education at a press conference Wednesday. OLYMPIA — All of Washington's education systems and programs, from preschool through graduate degrees at universities, should be working together and overseen by a single office, Gov. Chris Gregoire said...

MT student won’t be expelled over gun

GUNS -- A Columbia Falls High School student who inadvertently brought an unloaded rifle to school in the trunk of her car will not be expelled, the Associated Press reports.The school board made its unanimous decision Monday night, and the 16-year-old honor student and varsity...

Teen hunter forgot gun in car, faces expulsion from school

HUNTING -- A 16 year-old honor roll student and cheerleader from Columbia Falls, Mont., faces expulson from high school after she told school officials after she arrived for classes that she'd forgotten to remove her hunting rifle from her car after a Thanksgiving weekend hunt.Even...
David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com

How does one educate for success?

Good morning, Netizens... Despite having attended several universities and colleges, I have never particularly been a strong advocate of traditional education as taught in our public schools today. Instead of today's students being encouraged and aided to learn at their own levels and speed, our...

Discontent in Idaho

As Idaho voters make clear their displeasure with cuts to public education spending, the men running to lead the state’s schools for the next four years are campaigning in relative obscurity.A poll of 625 people likely to vote in the Nov. 2 election shows that...

Just how far West does the 5th District go?

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers recently assured constituents she was working to make sure the government delivers on its payments to school districts that have large hunks of federally owned land in them, like national parks, military bases or tribal lands.She sponsored legislation to require the...

IFF: School Books Full Of Propaganda

Recent news that Texas education leaders have overhauled textbook requirements has alarmed some educators and politicians. But the news is frightening only if you’re under the false impression that textbooks our kids use are anything close to accurate today. Of course, that’s not the case....

State falling short

More details will be forthcoming, but Associated Press just reported that a judge ruled today the state of Washington is not meeting its constitutional duty to fully fund basic education. That may not surprise anyone, but the big question will be how the state will...

Generation-E: Washington state rocks!

"The Pacific Northwest - greenwashing on campuses since 2009."OK - that was harsh. But a recent article in The Seattle Times spent a good amount of time hyping up local universities and their efforts to "woo" students by touting their "green cred". But upon deeper...

‘Transformational’ education strategy unveiled

Gov. Butch Otter and state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna joined business leaders and others at a press conference today to announce a new, broad education strategy for the state, focusing on getting more Idaho kids to go on to post-secondary education, high standards and...

Tastes like home

Montana schoolchildren are locavores--- and they don’t even know it.As an addendum to our food reform post, check out the great work Missoula County Public Schools are doing to connect kids to organics, serving 43,000 pounds of local food and sauces to Missoula schoolchildren last...

Green report card

In keeping with our back to school theme for the week, we want to re-direct readers to the Sierra magazine list of “the most-eco-enlightened U.S. colleges” because two-thirds of applicants say a school’s green record would influence their enrollment decision. On the list, University of...
David Horsey, davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

The Post-Obama education talks…

Good morning, Netizens...O Lord spare us from the idiots we may become through being narrow-minded and ignorant! At least that is what cartoonist David Horsey seems to be saying this morning as we revisit one of his American cartoon families after the kids watched President...

Follow up to Generation-E

Last week we delved into the topic of education and the environment. Though we didn't conclude this in the particular piece we wrote, we've since come to the realization that we deeply respect those dedicated folks out there who are working towards bringing environmental awareness...

The Cougar dilemma

From Cougar country, Washington Sate University said it “will reinstate the original plan for distribution of its Common Reading book, ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma,’ as a result of a private contribution to support the program.” Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer and WSU alumnus, funded the...

Generation-E

With another school year just ending, or ending soon, it doesn’t seem like the most advantageous time to discuss education trends. But we’d be crazy to not take advantage of the opportunity to discuss something we feel will be a very large issue in the...

ITHO: Nonini Enjoys Teacher Pain

No Idaho teacher will be surprised by Nonini's bald expression of resentment toward "those people" in the classroom. It helps explain the motivation behind much of what he has done as a legislator, and probably helps explain why Speaker Lawerence Denney appointed him to head...

WEA president blasts Legislature

Via Publicola, here is the letter WEA President Mary Lindquist sent out to teachers after the Senate adopted a reform bill.EXCERPT: This bill is a travesty and an insult to the education profession. The groups behind it are vested interests masquerading as concerned citizens who...
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Charity-A-Day: Education

As you may have seen in the Our Kids; Our Business section of today's Spokesman-Review, kicking off another week of charity-focus here at the Vox Box! We've investigated a huge range of topics; everything from Health, Animal Shelters, Food Banks, and more. Get ready and...

Basic education bill: the details…

In a bill closely watched by schools advocates, the state Senate plans to vote on -- and presumably pass -- an amended version of HB 2261 this afternoon."We're working with the governor and members of the House to agree on a bill to responsibly reform...

Redefining basic education: 11th-hour deal is close…

In tomorrow's paper:In an 11th-hour push, education advocates in Olympia are calling on lawmakers and the governor to update the decades-old rule that spells out what the state should pay for in public schools."We've studied this long enough," said state school superintendent Randy Dorn.Dorn, along...

Bottom line: 7.7 percent cut in general funds

The bottom line on the public school budget set this morning is that the 2010 appropriation for Idaho's schools was set at $1.3092 billion in general funds, down 7.7 percent from this year's budget of $1.4185 billion. In total funds, including federal stimulus money, some...

The “Spokane Moms” remain in the game…

Last year, local young mothers went to bat in Olympia to win more state dollars for school libraries. They proved to be savvy grassroots lobbyists, and succeeded against pretty long odds.Now, the same group is trying to put some meat on skeletal bills aimed at...

Calling all volunteers: Clean Energy Corps

The House voted to create Clean Energy Corps, part of a larger bill to dramatically expand volunteer national service with 175,000 new positions. President Obama issued a statement on the bill which he pushed for: "We know that government alone is not the answer to...

Statesman: It’s Raining Now

Our View: For Idaho schools, it's raining now: Idaho schools face a downpour right now. And Tom Luna still wants to save for a rainy day/Idaho Statesman. More Info: The state's school superintendent would rather keep $114 million socked away in a savings account to...

Another Green Monday

"There has never been a month --- not at least since the heady days of the early 1970s --- when environmental policy has moved so dramatically towards a sustainable future. The challenge now is to keep up the pace." That optimism came from Carl Pope,...

CDA To Open Kindercenter @ Hayden

Item: CdA district plans Kindercenter: School in Hayden Lake aims to ease crowding/Sara Leaming, SRMore Info: Amanda Crowder showed up at Ramsey Elementary School on Wednesday night admittedly “a little freaked out.” Like the parents of about 300 incoming kindergarten students in the Coeur d’Alene...

Nonini Loses Cool With Lt. Gov. Little

Legislators are shoving for position as Gov. Butch Otter takes another step toward reshaping the State Board of Education with his fourth appointment to the eight-member board. Last week, a confrontation between House Education Committee Chairman Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, and Lt. Gov. Brad Little...

Nonini: Santa Obama Saves Idaho Ed

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, now says his controversial bills to make permanent cuts in laws governing school funding and teacher contracts may not be needed at all, what with big money coming Idaho’s way from the federal stimulus package. “It looks like Idaho could...

Nonini Goes After Idaho Schools

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, the House Education Committee chairman, proposed two far-ranging bills this morning to make permanent changes in state law to allow cuts in Idaho’s public school funding. Among them: No state funding for field trips, including academic outings, ever again. All...

Early out of the gate: a bill from Driscoll

The state Senate is scheduled this morning to pass a bill, HB 1113, sponsored by local Rep. John Driscoll.The bill is a $133 million sale of state bonds to pay for school construction projects that are already underway.The work was already planned, but inflation and...

Earth and People Sustainability Forum

Sometimes a local event is deemed too relevant or too important to live only in our Calendar / Events section, as is the case with the Earth and Sustainability Forum. Being held on Sunday, February 22 from 1 to 4:30, this brainstorming, informational, knock your...

Another Green Monday

The presidency of Barack Obama is off and running and it was made brutally clear this week that despite recent emotions and energy of unity and hope that we are still a much divided nation. DTE is only hoping that partisan politics will be able...

Schoolhouse Rock—- Energy

First aired in 1978, check this episode of the nostalgic “Schoolhouse Rock!” series titled “Energy Blues.” The song covers energy conservation and tells the history of energy from cavemen to the Industrial Revolution. It’s actually pretty ahead of its time but we think the “Just...

Hammond: Teacher Pay Cuts Possible

Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Post Falls, commended Luna for focusing on preserving the time that teachers spend with students. In nearly 20 years as an elementary school principal, Hammond said, he concluded, “The thing that I would need more than anything else is the people that...

Solons Target Teacher-Student Sex

Item: Teacher-student sex targeted: Lawmakers, others want tough law after state court ruling on 18-year-olds/Rich Roesler, SR Eye On OlympiaMore Info: It’s not illegal for a teacher to have consensual sex with an 18-year-old student, a state appeals court said two weeks ago. The response...

Greenwashing

Greenwashing is defined as the practice where a business tries to make it seem like it’s greener than it really is. For consumers to post and rank environmental advertisements in the hope of differentiating the misleading ones from the honest, we suggest The Greenwashing Index...

Hammond: Different Tuition For Some

Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Post Falls, asked Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas if perhaps he should consider charging differential tuition - higher for high-cost programs, perhaps, that also set students up to earn big incomes once they’ve completed them. “Perhaps we should look at some...

Dorn opens with tough talk to lawmakers…

Newly elected state superintendent of public instruction Randy Dorn threw down the gauntlet on school funding Monday in his inaugural appearance before the state Senate education committee.Money for schools must come first, Dorn told them:"We've really never matched up the standards and how you fund...
 (Rich Roesler / The Spokesman-Review)

Teachers greet governor with inauguration day call for better school funding…

Shortly before Gov. Chris Gregoire's inauguration day speech today, hundreds of teachers, parents and school officials held a rally just across the street.Their message: despite the state's budget shortfall -- which Sen. Joe Zarelli on Wednesday suggested could rise to $7.5 billion over the next...

Girl, 8, Faces Battery Charges

The parents of an 8-year-old girl with special needs say their daughter was handcuffed, arrested and charged with battery after a Friday incident at Kootenai Elementary School. The family is not being identified because of the girl’s age. The girl suffers from a neurobiological disorder...

Teaching Kids to be Lifelong Learners

Sometimes, it is easier to measure how much a child has learned through scores, a grade or something equally tangible.But as many of us have discovered, the numbers or grades don’t tell the whole story. They’re a snapshot of a moment, perhaps, but they’re certainly...
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Teachers greet governor with inauguration day call for better school funding…

Shortly before Gov. Chris Gregoire's inauguration day speech today, hundreds of teachers, parents and school officials held a rally just across the street.Their message: despite the state's budget shortfall -- which Sen. Joe Zarelli on Wednesday suggested could rise to $7.5 billion over the next...

CHS, Lakeland Schools To Shut Again

Colleague Alison Boggs is working the phones after we received and confirmed tips (from ThomG & S&S Herb) that the schools in the Coeur d'Alene and Lakeland school districts will close again Wednesday. We're checking out a rumor that there may be a problem with...

Snow Loads Shut CDA, Lakeland Schools

Item: Roof snow load levels close area schools: Snow-covered sidewalks, narrow streets cause concern for student safety/Brian Walker & Maureen Dolan, CDA PressOfficials in the Coeur d'Alene and Lakeland school districts decided late Monday afternoon that schools would be closed today so they could deal...

Because You Asked …

Chatterbox: Can anyone out there confirm there is no school tomorrow in Coeur d'Alene? At least for Lake City High School? Sonny-boy texted us with that news as he's on his way to Wallace for a basketball game. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.DFO: An...

BSU Christians Claim Discrimination

Item: 6 religious students claims Boise State discriminates/Idaho StatesmanMore Info: Six Boise State University students have filed suit in federal court complaining that Boise State Universities does not permit use of student activity fees for religious groups. Attorneys for Christian Legal Society's Center for Law...

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