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  • Editorial: On dropout numbers, the math improves

    The extent of the school dropout issue has been difficult to pin down, but the measurements are becoming more reliable and the solutions more finely tuned. For a time, officials …


  • Efforts bring higher graduation rates at area high schools

    Fewer students in Spokane are dropping out of school. Spokane Public Schools improved its on-time graduation rate by 8 percentage points in 2010, state data showed Thursday, and officials credit …


  • Boys & Girls Club program supports struggling students

    Billie McMahon struggled in the sixth grade because her math skills were stuck at the kindergarten level. But after she got involved in Be Great: Graduate, her arithmetic abilities shot …


  • Children’s advocates optimistic about fund

    Supporters of Spokane’s proposed tax levy aimed at helping children stay in school are confident voters will say yes in November despite competing with multiple state initiatives that, if approved, …


  • Spokane hopes to establish a school-based health clinic

    No workday is the same for Spokane Public Schools nurse Marianne Fischer. But there is one given – she’ll spend it running. By 11 a.m. Wednesday, Fischer had handed out …


  • School dropout study urges early intervention

    A Gonzaga University study focused on dropout prevention starting in middle school suggests an early warning system for identifying potential dropouts, a bigger variety of academic opportunities and more rigor …


  • Spokane school board OKs budget, avoiding cuts and layoffs

    The board of Spokane Public Schools adopted a $316.8 million budget Wednesday for the 2010-’11 school year without much fanfare. No gaps, no massive cuts and no big rounds of …


  • Childhood learning tax qualifies for ballot

    A property tax to raise money for early childhood learning, abuse prevention, treatment and other programs to help lower the dropout rate will likely be on the ballot in November.


  • Dropout rate hard to pin down

    A dropout is defined by Washington education officials as “a student who leaves school for any reason, except death, before completing school with a regular diploma and does not transfer …


  • Levy would finance battle against Spokane high-school dropout rate

    A high school dropout can cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in social services, one study shows. Dropouts are 63 times more likely to be institutionalized and three times …


  • Dropout rate prompts call for tax measure

    Spokane children’s advocates, concerned about societal problems stemming from Spokane’s high school dropout rate, hope voters will approve a citywide tax levy to keep young people in school and out …

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