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Walking School Bus helps Spokane children get to school and instills confidence

Thanks to dozens of volunteers, the Walking School Bus helps young children – those who live too close to school for a conventional bus ride – find their way safely …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Spokane Public Schools planning to reduce staffing through attrition to pay for teacher raises

After delivering large pay raises for teachers and other staff, Spokane Public Schools administrators are now looking to shrink the size of its workforce.


North Central’s Myah Rodriguez pursuing her own history after beating cancer

North Central High School student Myah Rodriguez overcame childhood cancer to become a leader with a bright future.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

WSU breaks ground on $61.9 million building addition for animal disease lab

Work has begun on a $61.9 million building addition that will serve as the new home of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, which plays a crucial role in infectious …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Bezos pledges $2 billion to help homeless families and launch a network of preschools

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, on Thursday announced he was starting up philanthropic organizations focused on providing help to homeless families and preschools for low-income communities, a later start …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:17 a.m.

In many Spokane County schools, about 30 percent of students are chronically absent

Around the nation, this is Attendance Awareness Month – not that educators in Spokane need any reminding. In the Spokane Public Schools last year, chronic absenteeism – defined as missing …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

City Council passes resolution supporting multimillion dollar library and school bonds

The Spokane City Council threw its support Monday behind two propositions which will ask voters in November to fund millions in school and library construction.


Here’s how an ancient creature will improve climate science education in the Tri-Cities

A long-extinct creature that once roamed Eastern Washington will help enhance climate science education in the region.


For school systems, McCleary decision gave with one hand and took with the other

The irony isn’t lost on the state’s school districts, teachers and the public they serve: that the $2 billion windfall created by the landmark McCleary court decision has reaped a …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Central Valley School District teachers vote overwhelmingly to approve now contract

Central Valley School District teachers moved swiftly and decisively to approve a new salary contract Friday afternoon.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

Gifts totaling $100,000 to benefit WSU health sciences students in Spokane, Yakima

Washington State University announced Thursday it has received donations totaling $100,000 that will be used to purchase training equipment for health sciences students in Yakima and Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 6:40 a.m.

Full-day kindergarten starts fifth year in Spokane Public Schools

On Wednesday morning at Cooper Elementary School, new kindergartners brought their essential supplies, all stuffed in their backpacks. So did their parents – straight from a tissue box.


Tentative deal reached in Central Valley School District teachers’ contract negotiations

After weeks of slow progress in salary negotiations, the Central Valley School District and its teachers’ union sprinted to the finish line Monday night to reach a tentative agreement on …


EWU lecturer takes interim post at Salish School while executive director recovers from injury

Kim Richards, former board president of the Salish School of Spokane, will act as interim executive director of Salish School of Spokane for the 2018-19 academic year while LaRae Wiley, …


Salish School of Spokane adding high school students

After an online program to teach Native American high school students resulted in failure this past year, Salish School of Spokane decided to take the steps to privatize and follow …


WSU anticipates revenue boost from partnership with international student recruiter

WSU administrators say the INTO University Partnership will eventually bring in thousands more students from other countries, making the university more culturally diverse, boosting tuition revenue and improving the school’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 2:11 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Student launches program to collect school food for the hungry

If you’ve been in a school cafeteria, you know where a lot of food goes: into the garbage.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Central Valley teachers and administrators to meet Monday on pay increases

After Spokane Public Schools and the Mead School District agreed this week to large pay raises for their teachers, the teachers union for Central Valley School District hopes to get …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

DeVos says she won’t take action on funding to arm teachers

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she has “no intention of taking any action” regarding any possible use of federal funds to arm teachers or provide them with firearms training.


With fire trucks and high-fives, Roosevelt Elementary opens for first day of school

At Roosevelt Elementary, the first day of school was as shiny and new as a fire truck.


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 …