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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 6 p.m.

WSU announces Mike Leach class on football, insurgency warfare will take place this spring

The class will meet four times, followed by a fifth session that will be free and open to the public. The WSU football head coach will teach alongside Spokane County …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 10:29 a.m.

Gonzaga University to host anti-porn conference on Saturday

“I am now convinced that pornography is a public health crisis,” said Dr. Alfonso Oliva, who organized the conference.


Evergreen Middle School announces its second quarter honor roll for the 2018-19 school year

Evergreen Middle School in the Central Valley School District has announced its second quarter honor roll for the 2018-19 school year.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Spokane’s Windsong School disputes claims of negligence, bullying of students

A lawsuit accuses a private school in Spokane of bullying kindergartners, encouraging them to bully each other and evoking “negative karma from past lives” to justify it all. Administrators at …


University High School announces winter quarter honor roll for 2018-19 school year

University High School of Central Valley School District has announced its winter quarter honor roll for the 2018-19 school year.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

Strike 2: West Virginia teachers walk out again

Nearly a year to the day after West Virginia teachers went on a strike that launched a national “Red4Ed” movement, they’re doing it again.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

All school districts could need policy to protect transgender students

OLYMPIA – Making public schools more inclusive and safer for transgender students would no longer be optional in Washington if legislators pass a bill heard Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:06 p.m.

Balboa Elementary music teacher teaching African rhythms with new tubano drums purchased with grant money

Katie Munro’s music classes at Balboa Elementary in north Spokane have a cadence set by African drums thanks to a $2,000 Making Music Matter grant from the Washington Music Education …


Area students share musical talents at Solo and Ensemble Festival, qualify for state

Early this month music students from Spokane and Mead competed in the Solo and Ensemble Festival hosted by the Spokane Falls Music Educators Association to win a chance to advance …


West Valley High School announces first-semester honor roll for 2018-19 school year

West Valley High School in Spokane Valley has announced its first-semester honor roll for the 2018-19 school year.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 8:35 p.m.

Mike Leach says ‘things are looking good’ for WSU course this spring on football, war

The outspoken head coach of the Cougars football team provided more details in a Twitter post late Tuesday about a class he’s been pondering teaching on the Palouse. The course …


North Central High School students’ genetic work on worms could help scientists make breakthroughs

A grant is helping North Central High School teach students genetics through worm research.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Gonzaga Prep reckoning with photo of students in KKK robes in 1968 yearbook

Gonzaga Prep administrators are reckoning with the discovery of a photo in the school’s 1968 yearbook that shows at least three students dressed as Ku Klux Klan members during an …


Gifts that keep giving: Area schools reap the benefit when donors makes musical gifts

Private donations of musical instruments or successful campaigns for specific equipment can make a big impact for music programs at area schools, but they are extremely rare.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 10, 2019, 1:58 p.m.

Lewis and Clark High School’s musical legacy includes a piano and a pipe organ

Hidden deep in the wings of the auditorium stage at Lewis and Clark High School are two musical treasures that came to be because of extraordinary fundraising and a public-spirited …


Denver teachers are ready to strike over pay raises alone

Denver teachers are prepared to walk of the job Monday for the first time in 25 years over an incentive-based pay system they call unpredictable and unfair to experienced educators.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Mead High School announces first-semester honor roll for 2018-19 school year

Mead High School has announced its first semester honor roll for the 2018-19 school year.


Spokane artist Chris Bovey collaborates with consultant and students to create a mural at North Central High School

The wall of the North Central High School cafeteria has a new splash of color thanks to Spokane artist Chris Bovey, who recently finished a Spokane-themed mural painted in the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Performance drives home impact of bullying for Shaw middle schoolers

Wednesday morning at Shaw Middle School, four actors from the Seattle Children’s Theatre brought some serious humor to a tough subject.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Gonzaga University allowing Ben Shapiro to speak on campus in spring

Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro will be allowed to speak on the Gonzaga University campus this spring after a student Republican group appealed an earlier decision by administrators.


New sports classifications give some Spokane schools a glimmer of hope

The governing body for high school sports in Washington approved a change allowing schools where most kids are from low-income families to play sports at a lower classification.


Hoquiam Middle School teacher charged with writing threats directed at himself

Threatening messages drawn on the walls of Hoquiam Middle School, apparently directed at teacher Robert P. McElliott, and prompting a lockdown at the school, were written by McElliott himself, according …


Education notebook: Spokane Chiefs hockey players from Ferris named WHL academic achievers

The Western Hockey League has Ferris High School students, Connor Gabruch and Cordel Larson as the Spokane Chiefs’ academic achievers for November and December.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:48 a.m.

UI bans journalism professor from Moscow campus; university alert alleges meth use, access to guns

“Denise Bennett has been barred from Moscow Campus,” the university said Wednesday morning in a text message alert sent to students and employees. The alert came almost a week after …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 6:50 a.m.

Tiny, beloved Spokane County school district has one 105-year-old school, 36 students and a superintendent pushing 90

The tiny hallway inside Great Northern School overflows with juxtapositions.


Vaping epidemic grips Spokane students as school officials band together to tackle problem

The contraband was scattered across a large conference table last week at North Central High School. Principal Steve Fisk pondered the paraphernalia, the meager spoils of a cat-and-mouse game that’s …


John P. McNamara: Washington already leads in education innovation

The state of Washington is a national leader in educational innovation, especially in STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 9:09 a.m.

Major changes around corner for Spokane middle schools

Spokane Public Schools will soon make some major changes in the landscape of its middle schools, and they have more to do with new attitudes than state-of-the-art buildings.


School’s chief seeks 8 percent budget boost from lawmakers

Idaho’s superintendent of public instruction is asking state budget writers for an 8 percent increase to about $2 billion for fiscal year 2020 to educate more than 300,000 students in …


Perfect pitch for funds: Dishman Hills alternative high school will start music program thanks to $5,000 award from Hagan Foundation

Jason Abrams teaches English and journalism at Dishman Hills High School in Spokane Valley but will soon get his chance to be a music teacher thanks to a nearly $5,000 …