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  • Students sample forest work

    Groups of Idaho students walked through the forest in Careywood on Thursday identifying damage done to trees by animals, insects and parasitic plants. One birch tree had mushroom-like growths called …


  • Despite cuts, no teacher layoffs planned in CVSD

    The Central Valley School District doesn’t expect to lay off any teachers this year despite state budget cuts. Superintendent Ben Small said the district is expecting 10 elementary school teachers …


  • Education Notes: Riverside goes modern with ‘Twelfth Night’

    Riverside High School’s Drama Department will perform William Shakespeare’s popular comedy “Twelfth Night,” a tale of madness, humor, mistaken identity and professions of love, beginning Friday in the school’s multipurpose …


  • Eye on Boise: Teachers union finds Luna losing support

    BOISE – The Idaho Education Association has released partial results of a statewide poll it commissioned both last year and this year, showing that likely voters in Idaho continue to …


  • EWU students protest budget

    A group of Eastern Washington University students have begun a weeklong protest on the Cheney campus to draw attention to imminent spending cuts by the state Legislature, now beginning its …


  • East Valley district to close middle school, elementary

    The East Valley School Board has decided to close Mountain View Middle School and Skyview Elementary and lay off 25 teachers as part of budget cuts totaling more than $1 …


  • District classes will get bigger

    The Spokane school board voted 4-1 Wednesday to temporarily raise class sizes by up to three students. The move, when coupled with adjustments for enrollment declines, will result in the …


  • East Valley bond failing

    As of the latest count Wednesday, the East Valley School District construction bond was failing, with 60.71 percent of voters rejecting it. The $33.75 million bond would have renovated Trentwood, …


  • Ferris to perform comedy ‘Harvey’

    Ferris High School Theatre Arts will perform the comedy “Harvey,” beginning Wednesday in the Ferris Auditorium at 7 p.m. Performances will also be held May 5 and 6 and May …


  • Spokane schools deficit may increase class sizes

    Layoffs are going to be unavoidable for Spokane Public Schools, and tonight the school board will decide whether increases in class size will be part of the equation.


  • Nonprofit gives instruments, lessons to low-income students

    Tasha Cummins never knew she wanted to play the bass until the instrument was put in her hands. “I didn’t even know what the strings were and could barely pick …


  • Armed for learning

    Lisa Fehling’s second-graders were practically quivering with excitement Thursday as they tried to listen patiently to instructions before dashing to their desks to begin poking, prodding and squishing octopi through …


  • Idaho colleges seek up to 8.4 percent in tuition hikes

    Idaho’s public universities aim to charge students between 5 percent to 8.4 percent more in tuition and fees next year.


  • LC students learn in local internships

    The warm wood floors gleamed under the soft glow of strategically placed table lamps. Oak bookcases brimmed with textbooks and leafy green plants flourished in decorative pots. John Hagney sat …


  • Efforts bring higher graduation rates at area high schools

    Fewer students in Spokane are dropping out of school. Spokane Public Schools improved its on-time graduation rate by 8 percentage points in 2010, state data showed Thursday, and officials credit …


  • Wash. House budget proposal passes key committee

    A House committee has approved the Democratic majority’s state budget proposal aimed at closing an estimated $5 billion deficit for the next two years.


  • Education Notes: Dads, sons will exhibit art

    Dads and their sons will share their artistic talent in a “Father and Son Art Exhibit” hosted by Discovery School, 323 S. Grant St. in downtown Spokane. The event will …


  • Idaho lawmakers approve 1.87 percent school salary cut

    BOISE – Idaho’s public schools would see a $47 million cut in funding next year under a budget set by lawmakers Monday. That’s considerably less than the $62 million cut …


  • Pilot program gives students jump-start on foreign language

    Bienvenidos, estudiantes. Esto es la clase de español para el grado ocho. Until this year, that phrase – “Welcome, students. This is eighth-grade Spanish” – was foreign to Spokane Public …


  • Building knowledge

    Greg Mortenson sounded a little tired, a little winded, on the phone Tuesday from his home in Bozeman. Was he jet-lagged from his return that morning from Afghanistan? Or was …


  • CV school board mulls crowds

    Central Valley School District voters turned down a $69.6 million construction bond last month. Now, the district is taking a look at why the bond failed and what to do …


  • Construction delays opening of Freeman’s new classrooms

    Construction has been moving quickly in the Freeman School District, but poor weather will delay the move from portables to new classrooms this spring. The Freeman Elementary School project will …


  • Parents can soon use plastic to pay Spokane school fees

    Fees for school students, especially teenagers, can really pile up. With parents strapped for time, fewer people carrying cash or checks and more using plastic to pay even routine expenses, …


  • State changing educator ratings

    SEATTLE – While their students can earn anything from an A to an F for their school performance, nearly every American teacher gets one of two grades – unsatisfactory or …


  • Census data: Youth reflect area’s racial, ethnic shift

    A peek inside any classroom at Bemiss Elementary School is evidence of Spokane’s growing diversity among youth. Nearly 27 percent of the north-central school’s students are a member of a …


  • North Central High School students extract DNA from ancient bison bone

    A handful of students at North Central High School are the first to identify the DNA of a 9,100-year-old Northern Plains bison. But the discovery didn’t come easy; the group …


  • On-Track Academy enters its first state robotics competition

    When 19-year-old Jessica Joy learned her alternative school was putting a robotics team together for a statewide competition, she checked into it. She’s “artsy,” she said, and learns best when …


  • Gregoire urges education reform

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire repeated her call for a giant leap forward in education reform Wednesday while the Legislature showed it was inclined to take baby steps. Gregoire gathered …


  • Education Notebook: Ferris cheer team wins award

    For the third time in the past four years, the Ferris High School varsity cheerleaders have been honored as Washington State Academic Champions. The girls earned an overall grade-point average …


  • Editorial: Idaho school reform plan starts talks for solutions

    The reality is that Idaho needs to change its public school system after being hit last year with a $128.5 million budget cut. Gov. Butch Otter’s newest budget holds education …

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