Education news from the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area.
Tue., April 4, 2017, 10:32 a.m.
At Fort Bragg, DeVos talks up school vouchers for military families
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited a Department of Defense primary school at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and told parents stationed there that the Trump administration wants to provide vouchers …
Tue., April 4, 2017, 8:58 a.m.
Oregon school district reaches mascot deal with tribe
Rogue River High will remain the Chieftains. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the school board last week ratified an agreement that allows the school to keep the mascot.
Tue., April 4, 2017, midnight
Low-graduation rates among Marshallese students prompt study in Spokane Public Schools
Spokane Public Schools received a five-year grant to study its Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students’ academic success. The four-year graduation rate for Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, of which Marshallese students …
Sun., April 2, 2017, 3:40 p.m.
Medical, technical charter schools populate Idaho workforce
When Madison Sargent enrolled in Meridian Technical Charter High School as a freshman, she wasn’t a tech geek. She didn’t even own a computer. She preferred spending time outdoors when …
UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Feds pull financial aid tool after potential data breach
Families applying for federal student aid are facing extra hurdles this year after a potential data breach led federal officials to remove an online tool that smoothed the process.
Fri., March 31, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Judge approves $25 million Trump University settlement
A judge on Friday approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University, ending nearly seven years of legal battles …
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 3:24 p.m.
Washington lawmakers consider allowing medical marijuana in schools
Meagan Holt sat in the front row of a committee hearing earlier this week holding her 4-year-old daughter Maddie in one arm and a syringe filled with cannabis oil in …
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 1:05 p.m.
Beloved Deer Park teacher who started as bus driver retiring four decades later
Forty one years later, Kylene Davis still remembers her first school bus ride. The then 5-year-old kindergartener waited nervously for the bus to pick her up. When the doors opened …
UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 10:55 p.m.
Sharkey out as Ferris football coach following allegations he exposed himself to players
Spokane Public School administrators did not renew Ferris High School Football coach Jim Sharkey’s coaching contract.
Mon., March 27, 2017, 3:34 p.m.
Trump signs bills overturning Obama-era education regulations
President Donald Trump signed bills Monday overturning two Obama-era education regulations, continuing the Republican majority’s effort to undo key pieces of the previous administration’s legacy.
Mon., March 27, 2017, 11:45 a.m.
Maryland teen planned violent attack at her school, authorities say
A shotgun, ammunition and bomb-making materials were found at the Maryland home of an 18-year-old student planning an attack at her high school, authorities announced Monday.
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:32 p.m.
Community Colleges of Spokane to offer classes at WSU in Pullman
The Community Colleges of Spokane will start offering classes on the Washington State University campus starting April 3.
UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:38 p.m.
Spokane Public Schools approves new use-of-force, campus safety policy
The Spokane Public Schools board of directors approved a campus safety policy that creates stricter use-of-force guidelines and requires quarterly data reporting.
Thu., March 23, 2017, 1:52 p.m.
Teacher accused of having sex with student heads to trial
A former high school teacher in Idaho will stand trial for having sex with a former student. Nichole Thiel was bound over to district court on Wednesday after the victim …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 9:23 a.m.
Defense rests in trial of Penn State’s ex-president linked to Sandusky molestation case
The defense in the criminal trial of Penn State’s former president has rested without calling any witnesses.
Thu., March 23, 2017, 8:35 a.m.
University of Idaho law professor tackles the problem of political gerrymandering
Cases of political gerrymandering, or the manipulation of electoral district boundaries for political gain, have been occurring domestically almost since the United States declared its independence from England, according to …
Wed., March 22, 2017, 11:01 p.m.
Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school
Nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other …
Wed., March 22, 2017, 6:21 p.m.
East Valley softball coach put on paid leave
Longtime East Valley softball coach Ray Riggin has been placed on paid administrative leave, athletic director Joe Kostecka confirmed Wednesday.
UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
In rebuff to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, justices rule for children with autism
A unanimous Supreme Court strengthened the rights of nearly 7 million schoolchildren with disabilities Wednesday, and did so by rejecting a lower standard set by Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Wed., March 22, 2017, 3:15 p.m.
Education Notebook: Spokane students win trip to Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Also this week: St. George’s opens “The Secret Garden.”
Tue., 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 …
Thu., Feb. 4, 2010, 10:25 a.m.
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. …
Thu., Jan. 14, 2010, 6:01 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Nov. 18, 2009, 10:43 a.m.
‘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, …
Thu., Sept. 17, 2009, 5:30 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Sept. 16, 2009, 11 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Sept. 9, 2009, 10:46 a.m.
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 …
Wed., June 17, 2009, 6 a.m.
Local educator selected executive director of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Continuing our ongoing look at education in relation to environmental, sustainable, and social justice issues, we’re pleased to announce that a local educator has just been named the new executive …
Wed., June 3, 2009, 6 a.m.
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 …
Tue., June 2, 2009, 6:30 a.m.
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 …
Wed., May 27, 2009, 6:01 a.m.
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 …
Wed., April 29, 2009, 9:50 a.m.
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 …
Mon., April 20, 2009, 10:26 a.m.
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 …
Sun., April 19, 2009, 8:11 p.m.
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 …
Thu., April 16, 2009, 10:16 a.m.
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 …
Wed., April 15, 2009, 9:26 p.m.
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 …
Fri., March 27, 2009, 9:03 a.m.
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 …
Wed., March 25, 2009, 11:19 a.m.
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 …
Thu., March 19, 2009, 6 a.m.
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 …
Tue., March 3, 2009, 10:58 a.m.
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 …