Education news from the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area.
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UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 5:56 P.M.
Inslee visits Spokane home highlighting early childhood education
Katrina DeVries has high expectations for herself as a parent. But after having her second child, she started to suffer from postpartum depression. And she had two children under the …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 4:34 P.M.
Bob Douthitt resigns from Spokane Public Schools board
Spokane Public Schools board director Bob Douthitt announced his resignation effective Feb. 23, Thursday.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 8:43 A.M.
Icy roads, power outages cause school delays and cancellations in Spokane, Kootenai counties
Several school districts in the Inland Northwest have delayed or canceled school Thursday because of icy road conditions. The Washington State Patrol reports that roads are particularly treacherous north of …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 4:55 P.M.
More than 200 Spokane-area students unvaccinated for mumps ordered home by health district
The Spokane Regional Health District has ordered more than 200 unvaccinated students in the Spokane area home following additional mumps cases.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 8:46 P.M.
Former East Valley substitute teacher sues for $500,000 after acquittal on abuse and restraint charges
A former substitute teacher accused of slapping and restraining students in 2014, is suing the East Valley School District for $500,000 after being acquitted of all charges this summer.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 10:36 P.M.
Rain could cause flooding in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene region
Crews were out in force Wednesday getting roads back in shape and opening drains following Tuesday night’s ice and snow storm.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017, 9:43 P.M.
Icy conditions prompt school, road closures; Spokane airport closes runway
Deteriorating conditions Tuesday evening have already prompted the closure of some roads and schools.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017, 10:56 P.M.
120 Spokane Public School students unvaccinated for mumps ordered home by health district
The Spokane Regional Health District has ordered 120 unvaccinated Spokane Public Schools students home following additional mumps cases.
TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017, 1:30 A.M.
Coeur d’Alene schools to ask voters for $68 million in a construction bond and operating levy
Voters in Coeur d’Alene will be asked to approve a $35.5 million bond measure and a $32 million operating levy in March.
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 12:50 P.M.
Moscow Middle School team has a vision of future cities
DiscoverE’s Future City Competition – a national, nonprofit educational program – challenges sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to design and create cities of the future. This year’s theme is “The Power …
MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017, 8:49 A.M.
University of Great Falls to get new name, colors
The University of Great Falls, which is looking to increase its enrollment and expand its course offerings, is just months away from a complete rebranding.
SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2017, 4:12 A.M.
On Track Academy students – some foster kids themselves – create comfort blankets for children entering foster care
On Track Academy students hope to present 50 blankets to Spokane County’s dependency court to be given to children separated from their birth families while moving into foster care.
FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 8:59 A.M.
WSU Global Campus nationally ranked
Washington State University’s Global Campus is one of the top 15 undergraduate online programs in the nation, according to a recent ranking by U.S. News and World Report.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017, 10:28 P.M.
Shawn Vestal: Can Patty Murray get answers from Trump nominee Betsy DeVos?
When Michigan billionaire and school “reformer” Betsy DeVos goes before senators for confirmation hearings as education secretary next Tuesday, Sen. Patty Murray will have a few questions.
THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017, 8:21 A.M.
Former Kennewick teacher charged with raping teen boy
A former Kennewick middle school teacher charged with sending sexually explicit photos of herself to at least four students is now accused of having sex with one of the boys.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017, 2:28 P.M.
Superintendent of public instruction withdraws from school levy lawsuit
On his first day as the state’s superintendent of public instruction, newly elected Chris Reykdal withdrew the department’s involvement in a lawsuit against a handful of Washington school districts.
THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017
Education Notebook: Library offers programs for home-school students
Also this week: Information night on Institute of Science and Technology Middle School program, Rogers debate club hosts Rhetoric in the Ring III, and SPS holds teacher hiring fair.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 11:09 P.M.
Spokane school board reaffirms commitment to diversity, inclusion following reports of harassment following Trump’s election win
School leaders reaffirmed the school districts commitment to diversity and inclusion following reports of presidential election-related bullying and violence, Wednesday.
MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017, 4:37 P.M.
While snow forced closure of most Spokane-area school districts, many rural ones stayed open
Urban Spokane school districts mostly closed, Monday, while their rural companions stayed open.
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017
Sen. Mark Schoesler: Income tax is the real issue, not schools
Some folks want the people of Washington to think the big issue in our upcoming legislative session is public education. They say it’s all about the children, the schools and …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2013, 8:30 P.M.
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 …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, 2013, 9:07 A.M.
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, …
FRIDAY, AUG. 16, 2013, 4 P.M.
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 …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013, 5:33 P.M.
Hope Chests and Silver Spoons: How girls’ graduation gifts have changed
This past weekend in Spokane, thousands of high school seniors graduated and most received gifts from friends and family. My daughter graduated this weekend, as well. And, just as it …
TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013, 8 P.M.
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 …
THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013, 5:28 P.M.
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 …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013, 6:01 A.M.
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 …
THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013, 6 A.M.
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 …
THURSDAY, DEC. 27, 2012, 1 P.M.
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. …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2012, 11:58 A.M.
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 …
THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2012, 2:30 P.M.
Urban Forestry gets additional grant for work at Palisades Park and Camp Sekani/Beacon Hill
On the heels of a $50,000 grant for a forest health project at High Drive Park, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has granted an additional $70,000 to the …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012, 11:15 A.M.
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 …
TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012, 8:48 A.M.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012, 5:30 P.M.
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 …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012, 4 P.M.
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 …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012, 11:30 A.M.
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. …
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2011, 12:01 P.M.
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. …
FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2011, 11:50 A.M.
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 …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2011, 8 A.M.
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 …
THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, 1:15 P.M.
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 …