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  • Anytime’s good time for diploma

    The first commencement for the high school class of 2009 Thursday wasn’t without pomp and circumstance. True, the ceremony came about four months earlier than usual – or eight months …


  • 9th grade optional WASL canceled

    SEATTLE — State schools officials are canceling the 9th grade optional Washington Assessment of Student Learning.


  • In schools: NW Christian plans academic preview sessions

    Northwest Christian Schools is hosting academic preview nights tonight and Monday. Parents with students in grades pre-kindergarten through sixth grade may visit the school, 1412 W. Central Ave., today at …


  • More Washington students take, pass AP exams

    OLYMPIA — A national report says more than 15 percent of Washington seniors earn college credit by passing Advanced Placement exams.


  • Many parents hate homework, too

    Backpack bulging, worksheets galore, read this, study that … all after seven hours in school already. If you think kids are the only ones who disagree with teachers about the …


  • Stimulus money would be mixed bag for schools

    With calculators and spreadsheets in hand, local school district officials are watching closely the actions of congressional lawmakers as they tinker with a stimulus package that could pump billions back …


  • LCHS students plan March business trip to Boise

    Students from Lake City High School will compete in the Business Professionals of America 2009 State Leadership Conference in Boise, March 12 through 14, after qualifying at the BPA Regional …


  • Teacher-student sex targeted

    OLYMPIA – It’s not illegal for a teacher to have consensual sex with an 18-year-old student, a state appeals court said two weeks ago. The response from state lawmakers: Well, …


  • Colleges make case against cuts

    OLYMPIA – Stick your head into any budget hearing in Olympia and it will quickly become clear that the near-universal argument for anyone wanting state dollars is this: “Spend on …


  • Our View: Proposed revisions may help rejuvenate system

    While Washington state has embarked on aggressive reform adventures, the formula for funding basic education has remained largely unchanged for more than 30 years. Oh, it’s been studied … and …


  • Bill pushes education reform

    OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of state lawmakers Monday began making the case for an overhaul of Washington’s education system. “All in all, we think this is the first comprehensive …


  • As Idaho lawmakers consider their options, some are turning to educators for advice

    BOISE – Idaho state legislators have fanned out to their districts across the state this weekend, and many are hoping to hear from local teachers and others about where cuts …


  • Education funding at crossroads

    This was supposed to be the year for schools. After years of struggling with an increasingly inadequate and complex system of funding education – “system” is perhaps too charitable a …


  • Winter storms present challenges, learning experiences

    Caller ID indicated my long-time Montana buddy, Dick, was on the line. He was obviously a man on a mission. His first words were: “Are you hurting? We heard you …


  • Our View: Don’t like the system? Lobby to change it

    On a freezing, fog-shrouded Wednesday night, about two dozen people ventured to the Sacajawea Middle School library to hear a League of Education Voters presentation on the state of Washington …


  • WASL’s days numbered

    Washington schoolchildren may have to find something new to hate. A week after taking office, the state’s newly elected top educator is making good on a campaign promise, saying he’ll …


  • Snow removal costs, damage add up at schools

    A couple of weeks ago some school roofs were sagging under the weight of several feet of snow. Now it is school district budgets that are sagging as snow-removal costs …


  • Instruments up for adoption

    The tuba is a little tired. The cello is past its prime, and the French horns are just exhausted. Many of the band instruments at Lewis and Clark High School …


  • Progress Elementary playground safe, clean

    Progress Elementary School has been deemed safe by the Washington Department of Ecology. The playground at 710 N. Progress Road in the Central Valley School District was placed on the …


  • Our View: More focus needed on African-American students

    “It is precisely because education is the road to equality and citizenship that it has been made more elusive for Negroes than many other rights. The walling off of Negroes …


  • Smart Bombs: Knowledge is cool

    Math Is Cool is a statewide program designed to get kids excited about an area of study that has been traditionally tagged as a niche for nerds. Selected students form …


  • Plans to make up snow days in works

    For the second consecutive winter, Inland Northwest schools must decide how – and whether – to make up the days that were missed because of snow. Most districts canceled school …


  • Our View: Educators need consistent data on dropouts

    The No Child Left Behind Act is up for reauthorization in Congress and under assault from many quarters. The federal law has many weaknesses, but some ideas should be preserved. …


  • Bowdish book group a hit

    Not many kids are happy to see their parents show up at their middle school to volunteer, but the students in Josh Evans’ language arts classes at Bowdish Middle School …


  • Teachers union settles, will refund nonmembers

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s teachers union has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle state allegations that it improperly spent nonmembers’ money on politics. The settlement includes up to $240,000 …


  • Public meetings to address education

    Two public meetings – one tonight in Spokane Valley and another Tuesday in Spokane – will address state education issues. Paying for schools


  • CULTURAL AWAKENING

    At a small preschool in Mead, children as young as 3 converse in Spanish. “Tengo hambre,” students at Villa Vista Language Academy tell each other when it gets close to …


  • Our view: No Child Left Behind needs to be fixed, not dumped

    Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act: •Almost every school will fail. It’s just a matter of time. That’s because the law calls for 100 percent proficiency for all …


  • NIC’s Popcorn Forum focuses on ‘Earth in Crisis’

    The North Idaho College Popcorn Forum, a series of lectures and discussion panels, enters its 38th year with the theme, “Earth in Crisis, a Search for Solutions.” A schedule of …


  • Some students must pay for summer school

    Some Spokane Public Schools students who lack the credits required to graduate will have to pay nearly $200 per class to catch up this summer. And those who can’t pay …


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