Education news from the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 3:23 P.M.
Horizon Middle School 2016-17 second quarter honor roll
Horizon Middle School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, NOON
Centennial Middle School 2016-17 second term honor roll
Centennial Middle School has announced its honor roll for the second term of the 2016-17 school year.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 11:49 A.M.
Idaho House panel introduces adult scholarship bill
An Idaho House panel has introduced a $3 million proposal to create scholarships for adult students with some college credits to return and finish their undergraduate degrees.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 6:01 P.M.
Freezing rain moves into Spokane; flood watch issued
Freezing rain has made roads slippery overnight, causing some rural school districts to delay or cancel classes on Wednesday. The Washington State Patrol reported slide-off crashes Wednesday morning on U.S. …
TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017, 12:22 P.M.
Montana panel considers letting school workers carry guns
HELENA – A Montana legislator says schools would be safer if school employees with concealed weapons permits were allowed to bring their weapons to campus. Republican Rep. Seth Berglee of …
TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017, 12:19 P.M.
UO considers raising undergraduate tuition 10.6 percent
The University of Oregon is considering raising in-state undergraduate tuition by 10.6 percent in the fall to pay for increased salaries, health care and retirement costs for school employees.
UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 10:44 P.M.
Poorer Spokane students more likely to be suspended than their wealthier peers
Spokane students who come from low-income families are disciplined more than their wealthier peers, according to new discipline data provided by the district.
SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017, 5:14 A.M.
New analysis shows GOP school-funding plan would lower taxes in Spokane, raise them in Seattle
The average homeowner in the Spokane area could see property taxes go down in 2019 under the Senate Republican school plan. But it’s just one of several proposals to improve …
SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017, 5:54 A.M.
New Spokane school security system bars sex offenders, other banned individuals
Spokane middle schools and high schools installed a new entry security system this week that automatically bars sex offenders and other banned individuals.
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 10:09 P.M.
Despite study, farmers skeptical on human-caused climate change
A six-year, three-state, $20 million research project to study the potential effects of climate change on agriculture appears to have done little to persuade farmers that human-caused climate change is …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 10:40 P.M.
Betsy DeVos invited to Spokane by ESD superintendent
The leader of Washington’s northeast education district has invited Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to visit and learn about “our ongoing hard work and abiding commitment to excellence for each of …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 2:59 P.M.
After removing climate change information, Idaho House panel OKs new science standards
An Idaho House panel has approved new K-12 science standards, but only after striking key references to climate change caused by human behavior.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 10:52 A.M.
Bill would lower supermajority requirement for Idaho bonds
The threshold for approving municipality and school bonds would be lowered slightly under a new proposal recently introduced in the Idaho Statehouse.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 8:24 A.M.
Child care employee charged with rape of 5-year-old girl
A man employed at a Gig Harbor child care center has been charged with four counts of child rape involving a 5-year-old student.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 8:22 A.M.
Tri-Cities school districts testing water for lead, copper
Kennewick schools recently shut off or replaced roughly 54 water faucets and 20 drinking fountains as part of an initial round of tests for lead and copper.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 6 A.M.
NASA astronauts training in water survival at Fairchild
Four NASA astronauts who hope to travel to the International Space Station next year aboard “private space taxis” are in water-survival training at Fairchild Air Force Base.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017
Education Notebook: Mead drama department opens ‘The Dining Room’
Also this week: Rogers cheer squad wins championship, EV sports teams recognized for academics
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, NOON
Cheney School District asking for $52-million bond; some worry proposal ignores Airway Heights area students
Cheney School District voters will be asked to approved a $52-million bond on Feb. 14. The money would pay for high school and elementary school renovations and expansions.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, NOON
Orchard Prairie School district asks for $230,000 in levy money
The Orchard Prairie School district is asking voters to approve a $230,000 two-year levy in February’s special election.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 8:16 A.M.
Henry J. Eyring, son of Mormon apostle, to lead BYU-Idaho
The son of one of the Mormon church’s top leaders has been named the new president at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
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 …