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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

U.S. Dept. of Education introduces new regulation proposal for sexual misconduct

The way schools handle sexual misconduct allegations could be changing if a Title IX rule proposal –which the office of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released today – is …


Students go broke for a day: Poverty simulation helps WSU students understand challenges

About 25 students were thrown in jail, got fired from their jobs, bartered with a pawn shop owner and tried to survive natural disasters Wednesday at the Washington State University …


$495 million Spokane Public Schools bond: Digging into the details

Tuesday’s election answered a big question for Spokane Public Schools, but it posed a few more.


With songs and letters, Sacajawea Middle School students thank veterans for their service

Veterans Day came three days early at Sacajawea Middle School, but none too soon for Army veteran Steve Swenson.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Spokane police ask feds for help to crack social media threat case against Lewis and Clark High School

While Spokane police continue to investigate a social media threat made against Lewis and Clark High School, staff and students are simply trying to cope.


After years of bullying, virtual academy revives autistic student’s love of learning

Autism, and the bullying that came with it, has taken big pieces out of Kayleigh Lewis’ life. Thanks to her recent enrollment in a virtual academy, for the first time …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 5:52 p.m.

EWU ranks among nation’s top universities for accepting Saudi-funded tuition

The first time Hashim Akeel saw Cheney, he was struck by how small it was. It was 2015 and Akeel, from Saudi Arabia, drove over from the west side to …


Teachers in border wall Halloween costumes put on paid leave

Fourteen staff members at an Idaho school district who donned caricatured outfits depicting Mexican people and a border wall emblazoned with “Make America Great Again” have been placed on paid …


Hard work and commitment: Westview Elementary wins School of Distinction award for second straight year

The building is a modern marvel, but success at Westview Elementary School is earned the old-fashioned way.


Major projects at stake as Spokane school bond heads to ballot next week

To everyone who will listen, Spokane Public Schools officials have spent the last few months talking about their hopes for the future. Those hopes are wrapped up in a $495 …


Cooper Champions encourage parents, dads included, to get involved at school

Cooper Champions, a group of volunteers who provide teachers with help in the classroom, are encouraging others to get involved.


Spokane Public Schools’ pre-AP offerings unique in nation

When the College Board chose 100 schools to offer “pre-AP” courses to all freshmen, Spokane was the only district in the nation to get all of its comprehensive high schools …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, 7:26 p.m.

Eastern Washington University’s new student union opens

Eastern Washington University’s new Pence Union Building is the culmination of two years of construction and $47 million.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

As social media’s influence grows, teachers, administrators search for a response

For educators in Spokane, the perils of social media are everywhere.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Ninth-grade sex ed curriculum to be in place this year

Spokane Public Schools expects to have a sex education curriculum for ninth-graders in place later this year, its board members were told Wednesday night.


Ferris High School senior has turned his ADHD into academic advantage

Those high school stereotypes are easy to apply and so hard to defy – unless you’re Jacob Erdman, who definitely isn’t your everyday nerd.


Spokane high school students leave hate out of politics project

The young people of Spokane talked politics this week, and they managed to do it without a trace of nastiness.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Roosevelt Elementary principal resigned after ‘swat’ to unruly kindergartner

Roosevelt Elementary School principal Laura Franks delivered a single spank to an unruly kindergarten student on the morning of Sept. 13. It led to her resignation the next day, according …


Education notebook: West Valley student gets National Merit honor

Jacob Barnhart, a student at West Valley High School, has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.


WSU medical school granted initial accreditation for graduate education

Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has received initial accreditation for graduate medical education.


Early morning ‘zero hour’ classes give ambitious teens a boost, but is it costing them sleep?

Early classes are designed to give students taking a full-load of college preparatory classes, which includes two years of a foreign language, an extra period. But some administrators worry that …


With a little of the old and a little of the new, modernized Franklin Elementary sparkles with fresh life

The Franklin Elementary School Modernization and Addition is just one of many projects paid for by the $205 million bond Spokane voters approved in 2015. At $26 million it’s not …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

Putin, political gridlock and Ronald Reagan’s squirrels: Colin Powell shares musings, anecdotes at Whitworth forum

Colin Powell remembers the last day he served as secretary of state: Jan. 26, 2005. He got the news that he was being replaced by Condoleezza Rice while he was …


Friends share memories of Steve Cook, Shaw Middle School substitute who died last week

Shaw Middle School substitute Steve Cook may have died without next-of-kin, but he wasn’t without friends.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 7:38 p.m.

Authorities unable to find family of substitute teacher who died at Shaw Middle School

Steven Lynn Cook, 55, died Wednesday morning after going into cardiac arrest, according to Spokane Public Schools officials. He was substitute teaching.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 2:16 p.m.

Univ. of Idaho ranked #1 college in Idaho

University of Idaho was ranked the best 4-year university in Idaho by Schools.com, according to a press release on Monday. This is the second year in a row the university …


Linwood Principal Gina Naccarato-Keele receives local, national honors

Building a great school is about building relationships, and Gina Naccarato-Keele has done both at Linwood Elementary School.


Substitute teacher dies at Shaw Middle School

A substitute teacher at Shaw Middle School died Wednesday morning after going into cardiac arrest, a spokesman for Spokane Public Schools said.


School bond measure would replace Joe Albi Stadium; new location still to be decided

The Arena has been a fixture since 1995. And now a new indoor sportsplex on the north bank of the Spokane River is nearing the design phase.


Passage of Spokane Public Schools bond would ease Lewis and Clark’s lunchtime chaos

Lewis and Clark High School is the last Spokane Public School without a central place for students to eat lunch. A bond on the November ballot would change that.