Stories tagged: education
Tue., Sept. 1, 2015
Spokane instructional assistants’ pay below state average
Pay for instructional assistants, sometimes called paraprofessionals, is frequently mentioned as one of the causes of the current dispute between Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane Education Association. Compared to …
Fri., Aug. 28, 2015, 3:36 p.m.
Wellpinit School District delays start date again due to fire
The Wellpinit School District will delay the start of the school year again, based on the recommendation of officials who are overseeing firefighting efforts in the area.
Wed., Aug. 26, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Lawmakers have authority to fund schools, not necessarily ability
The Washington Supreme Court has diagnosed the illness correctly. But the justices must wish they could prescribe a different treatment. The court has held the Legislature in contempt of court …
Mon., Aug. 24, 2015, 5:18 p.m.
Wellpinit School District to delay the start of school
The Wellpinit School District is delaying the start of school because of wildfires in the area.
Fri., Aug. 14, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Students who need teachers most are least likely to get higher-skilled ones
There’s a lot of research in education that suggests the single most important factor in students’ academic success is the teacher. And there’s a growing amount of research suggesting the …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 13, 2015, 3:20 p.m.
Court orders Washington to pay $100,000 a day in sanctions for lack of progress on education funding
OLYMPIA — The state Supreme Court orders $100,000 per day fines for Legislature’s failure to come up with a “complete plan” to improve public schools.
Wed., Aug. 5, 2015
Coeur d’Alene School District’s first-year Common Core scores low
The switch to Common Core is having a predictable outcome right out of the chute: Far fewer students are passing the demanding statewide tests aligned to the rigorous new educational …
Mon., Aug. 3, 2015
EWU ‘ancient alien’ course seeks to challenge how we decide on truth
Aliens built the pyramids. They used spaceships and laser beams. In fact, aliens are responsible for most of humanity’s greatest achievements. Or, if you’d rather, humans built them. They levered …
Fri., July 17, 2015
Juniors opt out of new assessment tests at high rate in Spokane area
Local students who opted out of Washington’s new assessment tests likely did so because of exam fatigue, not because of furor over Common Core standards, school officials say. Numbers released …
Thu., July 16, 2015
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane County school superintendent E.G. McFarland proposed a sweeping reorganization of the county’s rural schools.
Thu., July 2, 2015
Education notebook: Brennan is new principal at Salnave
Cheney Public Schools has hired Celina Brennan as the principal of Salnave Elementary School. Brennan previously taught at Salnave for nine years. Brennan graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2002 …
Thu., July 2, 2015
Longer school days coming in fall
Children are enjoying the summer for now, but as fall approaches, so will longer school days. A court ruling in Washington that calls for 1,000 hours of instructional time each …
Tue., June 23, 2015
EWU, Mead students set to launch collaborative rocket, plane project
Seven high school students from Mead have joined a team of rocket builders from Eastern Washington University to drop a remote-controlled plane from 10,000 feet in the air. At a …
Sun., June 21, 2015
Spokane schools’ special education leader put on leave
The director of Spokane Public Schools’ special education programs has been placed on paid administrative leave at the same time those programs are under federal investigation. The district wouldn’t say …
Fri., June 19, 2015
End-of-year tests add hurdles to education system
Tomie Tsosie Leeds made the honor roll again with a 3.5 grade-point average. Now if he can only graduate.
Thu., June 18, 2015
Education notebook: Shadle students shine in finance challenge
Seven Shadle Park High School students were recently announced as having placed in the top 10 percent of the Washington Finance Challenge. Ben Davis, Steven Schleigh, Jed Canfield, Taylor McCormick, …
Thu., June 18, 2015
Stevens, Sholz among graduating athletes leaving big shoes to fill
It’s hard to believe that another school sports year has come and gone. It seems like just yesterday that young athletes were filtering in from the dog days of summer …
Sat., June 13, 2015
EWU holding last outdoor commencement ceremony
Today marks the end of an era at Eastern Washington University. The Class of 2015 will be the last to receive its diplomas at Roos Field, where June temperatures can …
Wed., June 10, 2015
Focused effort yields graduation dividend
Mackenzie McIntyre’s first year at Rogers High School was especially difficult. By the time she was a freshman, McIntyre had grown tired of moving around Spokane with her mother, who …
Fri., June 5, 2015
That’s Life: Testing takes toll on parents, students, teachers
Last week, when Spokane Public Schools teachers walked out of their classrooms to stand on street corners for one day, education was suddenly all over the news and social media. …
Fri., May 29, 2015
Charter schools groups say rule changes unexpected
As Travis Franklin prepares to open a new charter school in Northeast Spokane, he worries the state is changing the ground rules by rushing through new regulations on staffing and …
Wed., May 27, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Teachers union president explains walkout in Q-and-A
Today, 3,000 members of the Spokane Education Association will walk off the job in an effort to send a message to the Legislature that it needs to step up to …
Thu., May 21, 2015
Spokane Public School retirees
This year, Spokane Public Schools will say goodbye to the following 118 retiring employees: Adams Elementary: Donald Baldwin (teacher, 34 years) and Lisa Northcott (instructional assistant, 19 years).
Wed., May 20, 2015
Concert organizer going out on a high note
Coordinating a concert featuring 2,600 elementary school kids blasting brass horns, blowing through woodwinds and dragging bows across stringed instruments seems nothing short of miraculous. But the annual Band and …
Tue., May 12, 2015
Five teen suicides have left ‘whole community hurting’
Five teen suicides this school year – including three in the past month – have jolted the community. It’s the highest number in the history of Spokane Public Schools, prompting …
Tue., May 5, 2015
WSU moving on med school plans
Washington State University is pushing ahead with plans to establish its own Spokane-based medical school and expects to have its inaugural class of students enrolled for the fall semester in …
UPDATED: Mon., May 4, 2015, 5:23 p.m.
WSU searching for med school dean
Washington State University is pushing ahead with plans to establish its own Spokane-based medical school and expects to have its inaugural class of students enrolled for fall semester 2017.
Wed., April 29, 2015, 7:22 a.m.
Harvard study: Millennials believe US justice system unfair
BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University survey released Wednesday found that nearly one in two millennials believe America’s criminal justice system is unfair and few believe protests triggered by the …
Mon., April 20, 2015
Ferris High students set statewide example on biology test
More than 2,000 Washington high school seniors might not graduate if a requirement to pass the state’s biology exam is left intact. The Washington Board of Education sent a letter …
Sun., April 19, 2015
Washington teachers receive same base pay no matter location
While many rural school districts in the United States struggle to recruit and retain quality teachers, Washington is one of just a few states where a teacher’s base salary is …