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  • THURSDAY, AUG. 1, 2013

    St. Patrick’s will close its doors temporarily

    With fewer than 10 students rattling around St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Hillyard, the Rev. Eugene Tracy has decided to temporarily shutter its doors. “After a lot of consultation, we’ve …

  • FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

    Skill center fills unique role

    Sparks flew earlier this week as students at the Northeast Washington Technical Skill Center tried their hand at welding, some for the first time, others on their way to certification. …

  • THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013

    Federal budget cuts close Hillyard Center Head Start

    Forty fewer kids in the state’s poorest ZIP code will have the opportunity to attend free preschool this fall as funding cutbacks for the Head Start program take hold. The …

  • TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013, 5:24 P.M.

    Luna plans 15-year wireless contract, lawmakers aghast

    Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna is about to sign a 15-year, multimillion-dollar sole-source contract for a private firm to set up WiFi networks in every high school in the …

  • SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2013

    Math test holds up high school diplomas

    SEATTLE – Just as Washington state officials predicted, most of Washington’s high school seniors are passing the statewide exams required to graduate. But that fact doesn’t make life any easier …

  • FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013

    City of Spokane, school district trade property

    Spokane Public Schools and the city of Spokane have swapped parcels of land in a deal they say is mutually beneficial. The school district acquired 20 acres owned by the …

  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

    Spokane Public Schools step closer to charter schools

    Spokane Public Schools is on its way to establishing the first charter school in Washington. That should come as no surprise: Superintendent Shelley Redinger announced the district’s desire for a …

  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

    Abuse investigation targets teacher

    An Othello elementary school teacher is under investigation following allegations of child molestation involving a student. Lisa Davis is accused of inappropriate behavior with a 10-year-old student who was reportedly …

  • SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2013

    School districts rely on substitute teachers

    Susan Rodgers has substituted in K-12 classrooms in North Idaho for 30 years. Some days are spent working one-on-one with special education students; on other days she might be managing …

  • THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2013

    Suit challenges charter school law

    SEATTLE – A coalition of parents, educators and community groups filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court on Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of Washington’s new charter schools law. The …

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013

    Thanks, teachers, but shut your traps

    Once again, the mask of “educational reform” has slipped to reveal its real face: anger toward teachers. Anger toward teachers – always prefaced, conditioned, softened and front-loaded with B.S. – …

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013

    CdA schools to consider more flexible weapons policy

    Coeur d’Alene school leaders hope to change a rigid discipline policy they say is too harsh on students who accidentally bring to school a pocketknife or something similar. Kids as …

  • MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013

    College Bound program helps students focus on education

    Study after study shows that a college degree is the best chance for low-income students to improve their lives. But those students may feel powerless to make college a reality. …

  • SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013

    Shawn Vestal: Lunchrooms reflect classroom realities

    One of the most important, and least considered, factors influencing what happens in classrooms is what happens in lunchrooms. That’s because lunchrooms are where a school’s relationship to the socioeconomic …

  • SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2013

    Restoration of funding means opportunities for schools

    These are righteous times for Washington school districts. The first spoils from a lawsuit requiring the state to fund basic education will help launch all-day kindergarten across Spokane, hire more …

  • THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013

    Spokane expands full-day kindergarten to all schools

    Spokane Public Schools’ board decided Wednesday to offer full-day kindergarten in all 34 of its elementary schools starting this fall. While there are many other budget items left to discuss, …

  • MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

    Candidates must file for office by Friday

    Candidates for local offices around Washington will officially enter their races this week as filing week begins this morning. On the ballot this year are council seats in cities and …

  • FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

    Idaho education boss seeks higher standards

    Idaho’s education chief made the case Thursday for moving forward with higher academic standards for public schools, saying the state must better prepare students for college, trade schools and the …

  • THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

    CdA schools chief gets West Side post

    Coeur d’Alene School District Superintendent Hazel Bauman will leave at the end of June to take the job of interim superintendent of a school district in Western Washington. Bauman announced …

  • MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013

    Teachers union leads in state lobbying costs

    SEATTLE – The Washington Education Association spends more on lobbying the Legislature than any other group and more than twice as much as the next-highest lobbying organization, a health care …