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Parents, Teachers Must Cooperate

Here’s another entry for Bill Bennett’s Index of Leading Cultural Indicators: The 26th annual survey of high-achieving teenagers - those listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students - …


Bill Creates Charter School Pilot Program Lawmakers Propose Alternative To Initiative That Would Establish Unlimited Private Schools

Lawmakers are proposing an alternative to a citizens initiative aimed at creating unlimited private schools paid for with taxpayer money. The bill, HB2380, would create a pilot program for just …


EV District Floats Proposal For Year-Round School

Parents who hate the idea of year-round school have nothing to fear. But parents who like the idea may get their chance in East Valley School District. East Valley superintendent …


Student Test Scores Only A Part Of School Picture, Principals Say

This time every year, when school standardized test scores are reported, school principals dust off their Paul Harvey impersonations and tell the media they have “the rest of the story.” …


Test Scores In; Analysis Begins

It’s time for that annual exercise in frustration known as standardized test scores. The public celebrates the high scores and bemoans the low ones. Educators hate that habit. “What I’d …


Teacher Instills Power To Learn Program Gives Faltering Students Tools To Succeed

John Griffiths is a first-year teacher at North Pines Junior High. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review


Poverty, Test Scores Linked Achievement Test Results Highlight Problem In Learning

Spokane School District results on annual statewide achievement tests reveal a strong connection between poverty and low test scores. As a rule, the higher the poverty in a school’s neighborhood, …


Smart Students Have Chance To Get Smarter Saturday Classes Offered To District’s Brightest Pupils

The Spokane School District will open a Saturday school next month for 150 of its brightest students. The district will pay for the Saturday Academy program this year, keeping the …


Educators Score Low On Credibility

Two plus two doesn’t always equal four when it comes to results from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, as provided by Coeur d’Alene school officials and other school districts. …


School Initiatives Heading For Ballot Both Seek Major Changes In Education Funding

Two initiatives that would overhaul Washington’s school system appear headed for the Legislature, where they are expected to get a cool reception. That would put both initiatives in voters’ laps …


School Funding Battle Already Heating Up Democrats See Tax Credit Idea As Deceptively Appealing

A move to offer tax credits to teach kids at home or enroll them in private schools will sound deceptively appealing to some parents, area Democrats said Friday. As 1995 …


Parents Wary Of Double-Shift Plan Children Walking To School In Dark, Effect On Sports, Families Are Concerns

Threats to their children’s safety weighed on the minds of parents who commented Monday on the possibility of double-shifting students at Post Falls Junior High School. The school board, which …


Batt Won’t Commit To Tapping Reserve For Schools

Gov. Phil Batt on Wednesday reiterated his pledge to restore the $13.3 million in state aid withheld from public schools this year if sluggish tax receipts pick up, but he …


Small School Plays A Large Part In Science Project St. John Vianney Students Measure Environment, Share Data With World

A small Spokane Valley parochial school is making an international name for itself. St. John Vianney School is singled out for special recognition at the Internet site for the Washington, …


This Place Just Oozes Science Region’s Students Get Hands-In Learning

Fourth-grader Dewann Bach holds slime she made out of borax and guar gum. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review


Chinese Students To Visit Antarctica

A group of Chinese students aged 10 to 16 will visit Antarctica to conduct scientific research next spring, a Chinese newspaper reported on Thursday. The trip is part of efforts …


Migratory Animals Stuffed Toys On A Mission To Learn About The World

Heather Link sits with her teddy bear in Nicole Sweet’s fifth-grade class at Sorensen Elementary School in Coeur d’Alene. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Mead Sophomores Choose To Stay Together

Five out of six parents of Mead High School sophomores voted this week to keep the class of 1998 together when the district opens a new high school in the …


Teachers Impressed With Writing Test

Teachers in Spokane’s schools have a strong new tool for teaching students how to write. Writing tests given the past two years to students in the fifth, seventh and 10th …


Forums Will Put School Candidates On The Spot To Discuss Their Views

Two Spokane Valley school districts with open positions on their school boards will hold candidate forums in coming weeks. Central Valley, which has four of five positions open on its …


CV School Officials Paint Portrait Of Ideal Superintendent Candidate

Decisive. Accessible. A leader. Those are some of the qualities Central Valley School District’s community members are seeking in a new superintendent. In a series of meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, …


U.S. Kids Getting ‘On The Map’

The first comprehensive study of the geographic skill of America’s youngsters shows they are “getting the message that they are part of a larger world,” Education Secretary Richard W. Riley …


Home Work Home-School Parents Have Many Reasons For Keeping Children Out Of Public Schools

1. East Farms resident Ruth Hicks helps her 10-year-old daughter Taylor with a math problem. Hicks, who home-schools because of her religious convictions, also plans to do the same with …


School Enrollment Up 1 Percent

Enrollment in Spokane School District increased 1 percent this fall, school officials said. The district had 32,191 students enrolled as of Oct. 2, compared with 31,867 last October. This fall’s …


Banking On The Future High School Students Learn Money Management By Operating Their Own Financial Institution

Western Bank employee Cheryl Sievers, left, explains banking procedure to Ontario, Ore., High School student Synthea Atkinson, who will help manage a student-run bank at the high school this fall. …


Power To Parents School Councils Get Parents Into Decision-Making Loop For Budge, Personnel Actions

Dave Minard, a member of the North Central site-based council, is as at home in the halls of the school as he is in his office at West One Bank. …


District 81 Evaluates Progress Saturday School, Summer Academy On The Drawing Board

A Saturday school and a summer academy for advanced-level science and math students are on the drawing board in Spokane School District 81. District officials mentioned the ideas to the …


Fox Still Talking Up 1-Cent Tax For Schools House Speaker, Batt Also Have Ideas On Construction Backlog

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State’s Colleges Getting Away From Their Missions, Education Board Told

Lewis-Clark State College’s enrollment has been climbing steadily over the past decade, but it is moving away from its community service mission, a new report says. The Lewiston school is …


Kids Finding Own Path Tribal School Molds Itself To Each Student’s Needs

1. Tribal school special education teacher Angie Shrope has her hands full with two students, while other students work independently. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review 2. J.J. Lahey draws a …