TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2018
North Central High School student Myah Rodriguez overcame childhood cancer to become a leader with a bright future.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2018
Almost one in six teens in Spokane County uses e-cigarettes. At the same time, teen use of alcohol and cigarettes has declined dramatically.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2018
One year after tragedy struck Freeman High, the school and the community are still Freeman Strong, even through the tears. Many were shed Thursday night as more than 200 people gathered in the middle of the football field.
One year later, Freeman is still strong. And vulnerable. Reminders of strength are everywhere, as hashtagged signs hang on houses and barns and the cars and trucks that ply the roads south of Spokane.
Around the nation, this is Attendance Awareness Month – not that educators in Spokane need any reminding. In the Spokane Public Schools last year, chronic absenteeism – defined as missing 10 to 15 percent of school days – was 29.3 percent. That number is little changed from the year before, but still a big source of concern.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2018
Take it from those who love it most: The Spokane County Interstate Fair will grow on you – much like the pumpkins in the Agriculture Building.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2018
The irony isn’t lost on the state’s school districts, teachers and the public they serve: that the $2 billion windfall created by the landmark McCleary court decision has reaped a whirlwind of contention, a chaotic summer of salary negotiations and an uncertain future for everyone.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2018
Central Valley School District teachers moved swiftly and decisively to approve a new salary contract Friday afternoon.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2018
On Wednesday morning at Cooper Elementary School, new kindergartners brought their essential supplies, all stuffed in their backpacks. So did their parents – straight from a tissue box.
After weeks of slow progress in salary negotiations, the Central Valley School District and its teachers’ union sprinted to the finish line Monday night to reach a tentative agreement on a one-year contract.
FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2018
At Roosevelt Elementary, the first day of school was as shiny and new as a fire truck.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2018
Capping a first day of school like no other, Spokane Public Schools teachers ratified a new contract Thursday night that will raise their salaries by an average of 13.3 percent.
The cast of characters is changing at Whitworth. However, the entertainment factor will remain high at the Pine Bowl, where the Pirates will host six games while continuing coach Rod Sandberg’s spread offense.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2018
The budget approved by the Spokane School Board on Wednesday hints at wage increases in employee contract.
For the teachers and classified staff in the Spokane Public Schools district, today should be a rewarding day.
Truth be told – and many did Wednesday – some of the students at East Valley Middle School would rather have slept in. “Like till noon,” offered eighth-grader Brianna Garcia, who was standing with friends in the hallway at 7:15 on a sunny school morning.
TUESDAY, AUG. 28, 2018
After weeks of talks and four days of mediated negotiations, Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane Education Association reached a tentative agreement Tuesday night on a new contract.
Following a 14-hour session on Monday night, representatives for Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane Education Association were back at the negotiating table Tuesday morning with the aim of reaching a tentative agreement on a new contract.
MONDAY, AUG. 27, 2018
Mead teachers are set to receive pay raises of between 15 percent to 16 percent this year.
Back to school means more than books. It’s about new programs, new facilities, new faces and new issues. Throughout the Inland Northwest, students, parents and educators have much to look forward to this year.
SUNDAY, AUG. 26, 2018
After two more days of “frustrating” contract talks with Spokane Public Schools, the head of the region’s largest teachers’ union hesitated Sunday to predict what will happen next.
FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2018
On a warm Wednesday afternoon at Riverfront Park, parents were soaking in the sun while their children were getting soaked in the Rotary Fountain. Just feet away at the Looff Carrousel, more kids were holding tight to their mounts – and the last days of summer, down to a handful.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22, 2018
Teachers turned up in large numbers and turned up the volume Wednesday night in their ongoing contract talks with the Spokane Public Schools district.
SATURDAY, AUG. 18, 2018
Olivia Arballo-Saenz has combined smarts and grit with the kindness of others to find a better way, first to Gonzaga Prep and then to Stanford University.
FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2018
For the Whitworth quarterbacks, Friday morning’s practice was a breath of fresh air and a lot more.