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  • CV approves football fee

    The Central Valley school board voted Monday night without discussion to add a $125 fee for middle school boys to play football. The move is part of a pay-to-play plan …


  • EV board approves restoring resource officer

    As the East Valley district budget for the 2009-2010 school year inches toward adoption in August, school board members gave Superintendent John Glenewinkel approval to bring back the school resource …


  • Stimulus funds allow schools to avoid grim year

    Stimulus money and selected cuts will help Spokane Public Schools avoid an ugly budget scenario next year. Superintendent Nancy Stowell’s recommended budget for 2009-’10, released Wednesday, adds all-day kindergarten at …


  • EVSD plan would save jobs

    The East Valley School District won’t have to lay off teachers or cut popular programs as originally feared if residents give their blessing Monday to an alternate proposal for closing …


  • New plan could mean no layoffs in East Valley district

    The East Valley School District won’t have to lay off teachers or cut popular programs as originally feared if residents give their blessing Monday to an alternate proposal for closing …


  • Idaho school districts declaring emergencies

    BOISE – At least a dozen Idaho school districts have declared financial emergencies under a new state law, and more are considering the move as they face their first-ever cut …


  • Gregoire signs new $35B state budget

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has put the finishing touches on the recently concluded legislative session by signing into law a $35 billion, two-year state budget.


  • House of Charity to maintain summer service

    House of Charity’s overnight accommodations for homeless men will remain open this summer thanks to a combination of budget cuts and the hope of additional funding.


  • UI to drop, merge academic programs

    The University of Idaho will eliminate 62 positions and either drop or consolidate about 35 academic programs as part of a plan to cut its budget by $11.7 million next …


  • Business license increase on table

    The cost of local business licenses would almost double under a proposal being circulated around Spokane City Hall as a way to help balance the city’s 2010 budget. The concept, …


  • UI to cut 62 positions, reduce 35 programs

    The University of Idaho will eliminate 62 positions and either drop or consolidate about 35 academic programs as part of a plan to cut its budget by $11.7 million next …


  • 103 Spokane teachers notified of layoffs

    The primary concern among parents who showed up Tuesday to discuss proposed spending cuts was how much class sizes could increase because of potential teacher layoffs. Earlier in the day, …


  • EWU president to reveal plan for cutting $26 million

    Eastern Washington University President Rodolfo Arévalo will present his plan for cutting $26 million from the university’s budget over the next two years to the Board of Trustees on Friday.


  • Spokane Public Schools unveils draft budget

    Developmentally impaired students could be divided between two Spokane high schools, closer to their homes, rather than bused to a central location. Savings: $390,000. Twelve teaching positions used to help …


  • Obama wants to cut $17B from budget

    President Barack Obama challenged Congress on Thursday to approve $17 billion in additional spending cuts in the coming budget year, a sum that amounts to less than one-half of one …


  • House of Charity could cut summer hours

    The House of Charity will close its overnight accommodations for homeless men during the summer unless it can find additional funding.


  • East Valley outlines steep budget cuts

    Sixty-two East Valley teachers and certificated staff will receive letters this week notifying them that they may not have a job in September.


  • Senate passes budget

    OLYMPIA — Washington’s Legislature granted final approval to a grim two-year budget late Saturday, with Democrats and Republicans arguing into the night over a spending blueprint that would whack $4 …


  • Our View: Licensing office closures easier for urban residents

    Before Washington state bureaucrats decide which driver’s licensing offices to close, we recommend they grab an atlas – preferably a used one to save money – and measure the distance …


  • Schools take hit in either state budget plan

    Neither of the proposed state spending plans being assembled by each legislative chamber in Olympia contains good news for schools. But if Kettle Falls School District Superintendent Greg Goodnight had …


  • Obama talks up his budget plan at Web event

    President Barack Obama kicked off a first-of-its-kind Internet-era town hall at the White House on Thursday, pushing hard for public support of his $3.6 trillion budget and asking people to …


  • Spokane mayor warns of impending 2010 deficit

    Mayor Mary Verner warned the Spokane City Council on Monday that the city faces a $5.5 million deficit next year. The gap is so large, she said, that the city …


  • Legislators vote to use stimulus to save jobs

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers voted Friday to set a budget target for next year even lower than Gov. Butch Otter is now recommending but use more of the federal stimulus …


  • Conservation On the line

    A Colville hatchery that raises sport fish for more than 60 regional lakes is slated for closure as part of $30 million in anticipated budget cuts at the Washington Department …


  • Colville hatchery among proposed state cuts

    A Colville hatchery that raises sport fish for more than 60 regional lakes is slated for closure as part of $30 million in anticipated budget cuts at the Washington Department …


  • UI may seek 8 percent student fee increase

    The University of Idaho may seek to increase student fees next year by more than 8 percent.


  • Job cuts could slice into tax revenue

    BOISE – Idaho expects to lose up to $7.5 million in tax revenue next year because it cut tax compliance workers this year to save $979,000. This year’s 4 percent …


  • UI president: Of programs to be cut, few are popular

    Of the 41 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that the University of Idaho is proposing eliminating, few are popular, acting UI President Steven Daley-Laursen told JFAC this morning.


  • As Idaho lawmakers consider their options, some are turning to educators for advice

    BOISE – Idaho state legislators have fanned out to their districts across the state this weekend, and many are hoping to hear from local teachers and others about where cuts …


  • Gregoire’s stimulus plan includes local projects

    OLYMPIA – Trying to kick-start the state’s lagging economy, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday unveiled a $1.2 billion proposal that includes more than $90 million in buildings at Spokane-area …

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