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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.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 11:26 a.m.

School district mum on Roosevelt Elementary principal’s resignation

Roosevelt Elementary School’s principal resigned after less than a month on the job.


Betsy DeVos is proposing changes to Title IX. What will this mean for Washington schools?

After seeing a draft of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s proposed changes to handling sexual misconduct cases, some sexual-assault survivors and their advocates see the recommended practices as potentially traumatic …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 8:46 a.m.

Spokane Public Schools look to $495.3 million bond to rebuild 3 mid-century middle schools

Welcome to Glover Middle School, where the principal doesn’t wear a button-down shirt because his office is too warm, where students recently went five days without hot water and where …


New middle schools in Spokane Public Schools bond would help lower class sizes in elementaries

The $495 million school Spokane Public Schools bond on the Nov. 6 ballot offers many things, but the biggest is a reduction in classroom size for kindergarten through third grade. …


Spokane Public Schools $495 million bond proposal: An overview

The $495 million bond proposal voters will consider in the Nov. 6 election would create three new middle schools, replace three other middle schools, pay for a new


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 3:15 p.m.

Justice Mary Yu shares her story, offers students inspiration at Gonzaga School of Law breakfast

Speaking to a small group of law students, undergraduates from Gonzaga and Eastern Washington University and Spokane-are high schoolers Saturday morning, Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu shared her story …


Eyes on the skies: New course gives Shadle Park students a taste of aerospace manufacturing

This summer, Spokane Public Schools’ board formally adopted the Shadle Park aerospace technology pilot program as an approved curriculum.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018, 10:26 p.m.

Central Valley High goes into lockout

Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley went into a lockout Thursday after a student reported overhearing a perceived threat to the school.


Bagged, tagged and out of reach: Spokane teachers respond to in-class cellphone usage

Even as they become increasingly necessary to daily life, cellphones in the classroom are a growing distraction. Spokane teachers are searching for a response.


Walking School Bus helps Spokane children get to school and instills confidence

Thanks to dozens of volunteers, the Walking School Bus helps young children – those who live too close to school for a conventional bus ride – find their way safely …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Spokane Public Schools planning to reduce staffing through attrition to pay for teacher raises

After delivering large pay raises for teachers and other staff, Spokane Public Schools administrators are now looking to shrink the size of its workforce.


North Central’s Myah Rodriguez pursuing her own history after beating cancer

North Central High School student Myah Rodriguez overcame childhood cancer to become a leader with a bright future.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

WSU breaks ground on $61.9 million building addition for animal disease lab

Work has begun on a $61.9 million building addition that will serve as the new home of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, which plays a crucial role in infectious …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Bezos pledges $2 billion to help homeless families and launch a network of preschools

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, on Thursday announced he was starting up philanthropic organizations focused on providing help to homeless families and preschools for low-income communities, a later start …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:17 a.m.

In many Spokane County schools, about 30 percent of students are chronically absent

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

City Council passes resolution supporting multimillion dollar library and school bonds

The Spokane City Council threw its support Monday behind two propositions which will ask voters in November to fund millions in school and library construction.


Here’s how an ancient creature will improve climate science education in the Tri-Cities

A long-extinct creature that once roamed Eastern Washington will help enhance climate science education in the region.


For school systems, McCleary decision gave with one hand and took with the other

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Central Valley School District teachers vote overwhelmingly to approve now contract

Central Valley School District teachers moved swiftly and decisively to approve a new salary contract Friday afternoon.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

Gifts totaling $100,000 to benefit WSU health sciences students in Spokane, Yakima

Washington State University announced Thursday it has received donations totaling $100,000 that will be used to purchase training equipment for health sciences students in Yakima and Spokane.


Tentative deal reached in Central Valley School District teachers’ contract negotiations

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 6:40 a.m.

Full-day kindergarten starts fifth year in Spokane Public Schools

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.


Salish School of Spokane adding high school students

After an online program to teach Native American high school students resulted in failure this past year, Salish School of Spokane decided to take the steps to privatize and follow …


EWU lecturer takes interim post at Salish School while executive director recovers from injury

Kim Richards, former board president of the Salish School of Spokane, will act as interim executive director of Salish School of Spokane for the 2018-19 academic year while LaRae Wiley, …


WSU anticipates revenue boost from partnership with international student recruiter

WSU administrators say the INTO University Partnership will eventually bring in thousands more students from other countries, making the university more culturally diverse, boosting tuition revenue and improving the school’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 2:11 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Student launches program to collect school food for the hungry

If you’ve been in a school cafeteria, you know where a lot of food goes: into the garbage.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Central Valley teachers and administrators to meet Monday on pay increases

After Spokane Public Schools and the Mead School District agreed this week to large pay raises for their teachers, the teachers union for Central Valley School District hopes to get …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

DeVos says she won’t take action on funding to arm teachers

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she has “no intention of taking any action” regarding any possible use of federal funds to arm teachers or provide them with firearms training.


With fire trucks and high-fives, Roosevelt Elementary opens for first day of school

At Roosevelt Elementary, the first day of school was as shiny and new as a fire truck.