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  • 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 …


  • MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011, 5:15 P.M.

    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 …


  • MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011, 5:45 P.M.

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011, 4:30 P.M.

    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 …


  • MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011, 10:32 A.M.

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011, 4:30 P.M.

    $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 …


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011, 9:55 A.M.

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011, 4:01 P.M.

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011, 8:46 A.M.

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9, 2011, 4:20 P.M.

    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, …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2, 2011, 12:16 P.M.

    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. …


  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2, 2011, 8:53 A.M.

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5, 2011, 1:49 P.M.

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, DEC. 14, 2010, 12:24 P.M.

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2010, 5:45 P.M.

    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 …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 9, 2010, 5:58 A.M.

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010, 9:45 A.M.

    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 …


  • MONDAY, AUG. 9, 2010, 6:16 P.M.

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2010, 8:26 A.M.

    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 …