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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Spokane teachers ratify new contract, agree to average salary increases of 13.3 percent

Capping a first day of school like no other, Spokane Public Schools teachers ratified a new contract Thursday night that will raise their salaries by an average of 13.3 percent.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

With new raises in employee contract, Spokane School Board agrees to spend more than it earns this school year

The budget approved by the Spokane School Board on Wednesday hints at wage increases in employee contract.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 8:31 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools teachers to vote on salary agreement Thursday

For the teachers and classified staff in the Spokane Public Schools district, today should be a rewarding day.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

At East Valley Middle School, a new year opens with the classroom doors

Truth be told – and many did Wednesday – some of the students at East Valley Middle School would rather have slept in. “Like till noon,” offered eighth-grader Brianna Garcia, …


Seattle teachers and staff vote to authorize a strike – unless a deal is reached by Sept. 5

It’s official: Teachers and school staff in Seattle voted to authorize a strike Tuesday evening. The strike could take effect if negotiations with Seattle Public Schools don’t result in a …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 11:15 a.m.

Spokane teachers and school board reach salary deal

After weeks of talks and four days of mediated negotiations, Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane Education Association reached a tentative agreement Tuesday night on a new contract.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Spokane teachers and district continue negotiations for higher pay

Following a 14-hour session on Monday night, representatives for Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane Education Association were back at the negotiating table Tuesday morning with the aim of reaching …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 12:05 a.m.

Paul Turner: Troubling tales for incoming seventh-graders turned out to be rather tall

Once upon a time, kids about to start their first year at middle school or junior high approached this transition with trepidation.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Mead teachers set to receive 16 percent pay raises

Mead teachers are set to receive pay raises of between 15 percent to 16 percent this year.


The ABCs of the new school year

Back to school means more than books. It’s about new programs, new facilities, new faces and new issues. Throughout the Inland Northwest, students, parents and educators have much to look …


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.


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.


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 …


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 …