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  • New national math, English standards drafted

    Math and English instruction in the United States moved a step closer to uniform — and more rigorous — standards Wednesday as draft new national guidelines were released.


  • Governor: Wash. school reform is required

    Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday that she’ll keep lawmakers in Olympia until they resolve their debate over school reform.


  • Gregoire says special session a possibility

    With lawmakers racing to negotiate a budget and tax package, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday it’s possible she’ll need to call a special session to extend the talks beyond Thursday’s …


  • Idaho plan would pay kids to graduate early

    Every high school has at least a handful of them, gifted students who blow through Faulkner as if it were a comic book, teenagers who catch on to calculus as …


  • Obama urges school reform

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama wants to rewrite federal education law by sending aid for poor students only to states that adopt new standards to prepare high school graduates for …


  • Cheney, Medical Lake school measures continue passing

    Ballot measures in Cheney and Medical Lake school districts and Spokane County Fire Protection District 4 all continued to win voter approval in returns counted Wednesday.


  • Working it out

    What’s a win-win situation when one person wants to make cookies and the other, a cake, a Hutton Elementary School counselor asked a group of fourth-graders Wednesday. “Cookie cake,” one …


  • School administrators’ pay among highest in county

    Spokane-area public school administrators were not sheltered from the budget storm that howled across Washington last year. An analysis of top administrators’ pay in the Spokane area’s three largest districts …


  • Education funding chided

    KENT, Wash. – The state of Washington isn’t fully paying for basic public education, a violation of its constitutional duty, a King County judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit brought …


  • Bar should stay high for students, teachers

    The Obama administration is calling for significant revisions to the No Child Left Behind Act to align good intentions with reality. The current law did an admirable job of highlighting …


  • King County judge rules state failing education

    The state of Washington isn’t fully paying for basic public education, a violation of its constitutional duty, a King County judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit brought by a coalition …


  • Programs provide funds for education, job training

    Dana Moosman never saw unemployment on the horizon. With a master’s degree in education and five years in the mortgage insurance business, she figured the outlook was promising, or at …


  • Retraining programs bring hope to the unemployed

    Dana Moosman never saw unemployment on the horizon. With a master’s degree in education and five years in the mortgage insurance business, she figured the outlook was promising, or at …


  • Luna may dip into reserves

    BOISE – Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna on Thursday proposed dipping into state reserves for nearly $53 million to help balance next year’s school budget – a proposal that …


  • Education notebook: Adams Elementary raising funds for Haiti

    Students and staff at Adams Elementary School on the South Hill are doing their part to help the survivors of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti with the “Helping Haiti …


  • Republicans say nation can’t afford Dem policies

    The nation cannot afford the spending Democrats have enacted or the tax increases they propose, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday in the Republican response to the State of the …


  • Fact check: Obama and the ’hatchet’ job

    President Barack Obama, who once considered government spending freezes a hatchet job, told Americans on Wednesday it’s now part of his solution to the exploding deficit. He didn’t explain what …


  • Embattled Obama declares in speech, ‘I don’t quit’

    Declaring “I don’t quit,”’ President Barack Obama fought to recharge his embattled presidency with a State of the Union vow to get jobless millions back to work and to stand …


  • Wash. House approves bonds for school upgrades

    Voters would decide whether to launch a statewide package of energy-efficient school makeovers under a bill approved Wednesday by the state House.


  • College aid seekers may welcome changes in application process

    Filling out the form for federal college aid used to be regarded as the equivalent of a root canal. Thanks to some much-needed steps toward simplification, the Free Application for …


  • Robotics inspires scientific drive

    At first glance, the competition under way inside Eastern Washington University’s computer science building Saturday looked and sounded like a fierce athletic contest. Fans cheered. Music blared. Referees in black …


  • Amy Goodman: Pay for education, not war

    California campuses have been rocked by protests this past week, provoked by massive student fee increases voted on by the University of California Board of Regents. Following a year of …


  • Spokane elementary schools switch to number grades

    Most elementary students in Spokane Public Schools are seeing their new report cards for the first time this week; instead of A, B, C, D or F, it’s 4, 3, …


  • Education notebook: Student clothing available at swap

    Medical Lake Elementary School is holding a clothing swap through Friday, collecting children’s clean, gently used clothing for those in need. An exchange table will be available to parents during …


  • Federal funds kept schools afloat, but ‘safety net’ ends soon

    Washington, unlike many other states, was quick to use federal stimulus funds to shore up school budgets during the last wrenching budget cycle. The state spent $362 million in stimulus …


  • Finding a fresh path

    Dianna Nemitz had worked at Spokane’s Columbia Lighting Inc. for more than 30 years when the company closed its doors last March. At 52, she was not old enough to …


  • Internet changes course of learning

    Cassie Tompkins wanted her children to receive a quality education, but the Seattle resident also wanted Bailey and Brannon to pursue their blossoming acting careers. “After months of research, what …


  • Threat won’t lead to Mead expulsion

    Expulsion and a felony charge are no longer imminent for the Mead High School student who jokingly threatened to kill a teacher last week. The 16-year-old will be allowed back …


  • H1N1 flu death is county’s sixth

    A woman in her 20s died of swine flu Tuesday at a local hospital, the Spokane Regional Health District said Wednesday. She is the sixth Spokane County resident to die …


  • Idaho honors math teacher

    A Lewiston junior high school teacher was named Idaho’s 2010 teacher of the year, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday. Kelli Smith, a math teacher at Sacajawea Junior High …

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