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UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Weekend negotiations bring teachers’ union, SPS a little closer to resolution

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.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Students shake off jitters and start unpacking at Gonzaga move-in day

Move-in day at college is supposed to be a little stressful. There’s the packing and hauling, the long drive, the new environment, and at the end of it all, the …


Posting a first-day-of-school pic online? Here’s what you need to know

I signed onto Facebook recently and quickly realized it’s that time of year – when photos of smiling, backpack-wearing, sign-holding schoolkids off to class get posted faster than I can …


School starts for most kids next week – here’s what to know for the transition

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 …


‘Welcome to the new Riverbend Elementary’: Standing-room-only crowd at school dedication ceremony

Hundreds of parents, children and community leaders packed the multipurpose room and the gymnasium at the brand-new Riverbend Elementary last week to get their first look at the new school …


Whitworth assistant professor named one of top female theologians by Christianity Today magazine

Haley Goranson Jacob had planned to study medicine, but some Bible classes at Crown College set her on an academic path that ultimately resulted her being named one of the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

Wally Lindblad is frustrated with the care he gets in assisted living. So he’s giving $1 million to WSU.

Waldron (Wally) Lindblad has a button strapped around his wrist that he presses when he needs help. Sitting in his recliner in his apartment at an assisted living facility in …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 5:13 p.m.

Bill Gates directs U.S. education funding to local schools

Marking another phase in his education agenda, Bill Gates is now taking a more targeted approach to help struggling U.S. schools.


From poverty to homelessness to Stanford, Olivia Arballo-Saenz focused on her future

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.


Teachers know best: Follow their tips to help kids prepare for school

Advice for parents and students from elementary school to college


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

Cougs on the move: Students converge on Pullman for move-in day

Pullman streets were noticeably more crowded Wednesday as students numbering in the thousands converged on the town for Washington State University’s official move-in day of the year.


Bringing on the brass

Tuba time: Central Valley High School marching band freshman Zane Bresko plays the contra tuba on the first day of practice Monday. The band was inside the school’s field house …


Fueled by a family gift, Ellen Hawley Memorial Scholarship established at Freeman High

After longtime volunteer Ellen Hawley died on June 13, her family established a memorial scholarship to help students at Freeman.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 8:37 p.m.

Schools urge families of asthmatic students to update records early

Spokane Public Schools picked the perfect time for an unofficial celebration of asthma awareness.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

Salvation Army school backpack giveaway helps 4,000 Spokane children; 1,000 backpacks remain

As her 9-year-old daughter’s legs sagged under her new backpack and school supplies, a big weight was lifted from Erica Durbin’s shoulders.


Reversing three-year trend, discipline rises in Spokane Public Schools

African-Americans, special education students and other groups in Spokane Public Schools are facing much higher rates of discipline than their peers, the district board was told last week.


School supply drives underway and back-to-school event planned – all for the kids

Several local organizations hold school supply drives every year to hand out free supplies to students who need them, but the Mission Community Outreach Center has chosen to focus on …


Spokane Public Schools is enforcing asthma policy; students who fail to meet requirements will not be allowed in school

In previous years Spokane Public Schools has been lenient in enforcing its health requirements for students with asthma but is changing that this summer.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 9:17 a.m.

School officials say bond measure was inspired by state funding mandate – and a big pile of dirt

It’s no exaggeration to say that Spokane Public Schools’ new bond proposal was inspired by a pile of dirt.


WSU’s largest freshman class leaves more than 200 students in need of housing

With more than 4,300 freshman students set to swarm Washington State University’s residence halls in just one week, university officials say they are still looking to provide a couple hundred …


How you can help students with special needs find a place in college

Just because your child has the designation of receiving “special education” – a term that encompasses a wide range of programs and classroom arrangements in public schools – doesn’t mean …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

City Council to solicit public input on proposed stadium’s location Monday

The Spokane City Council will meet once more Monday to decide whether voters should weigh in on the location for a new sports stadium.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 10:25 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene School District superintendent apologizes for late action on racist vandalism

The superintendent of Coeur d’Alene Public Schools issued a strongly-worded apology Thursday for the district’s handling of racist vandalism at Lake City High School.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 7:37 a.m.

Many voices, differing opinions as question of downtown stadium dominates school board meeting

The shadow of a downtown stadium loomed large over a packed meeting where the Spokane City Council was scheduled to consider only taxes for new libraries.


College credit for IB program: Students caught in middle of confusion over new Washington law

A new Washington law requires state public colleges to give students college credit for taking certain classes in high school. But lawmakers and colleges are locked in a disagreement over …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 5:28 p.m.

A Spokane teen’s love for theater has him headed toward a bigger stage

At age 17, Brady Magruder has been a university professor, a high school basketball star, a con man and the president of Argentina. Magruder, an incoming senior at University High …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

DeVos rules would cut estimated $13B in student loan relief

Students who are defrauded by their schools would have a harder time getting their federal loans erased under new rules proposed by the Trump administration Wednesday.


Spokane’s newest soul food eatery aims to impart life skills to teens

Students joined the Fresh Soul team for the restaurant’s grand opening on Thursday afternoon. at 3029 E. Fifth Ave., where a crowd of about 60 buzzed with anticipation for the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

East Valley Middle School announces its second semester honor roll for 2017-18

East Valley Middle School of East Valley School District in Spokane Valley has announced its second semester honor roll for the 2017-18 school year.


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Former school board member accused of hitting bicyclist while driving drunk pleads guilty to lesser charge

A former Spokane school board member accused of vehicular assault after hitting a bicyclist while driving drunk last year recently pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of failure to remain …