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  • Eye on Olympia: Education reform pits PTA, WEA

    OLYMPIA – In a legislative session with more than its share of surprises, one of the biggest has been the heated battle between school advocates over proposed reforms. On one …


  • Grants honor outstanding young scholars

    They ace their classes, win awards and volunteer in their communities. They also so impressed their teachers that the 134 students from 23 schools honored Monday by the Spokane Scholars …


  • Deal close on Washington school-funding overhaul

    OLYMPIA – In an eleventh-hour push, education advocates are calling on lawmakers and the governor to update the decades-old rule that spells out what the state should pay for in …


  • Guest Opinion: Education reform needs more than a quick fix

    FDR said in 1932 that “It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” …


  • In brief: Mail center best bet for late tax postmark

    With the advent of online tax filing, the U.S. Postal Service has scaled back the number of locations it keeps open to accommodate those needing the all-important April 15 postmark. …


  • Institute for Extended Learning classes

    Spring has arrived. The snow continues to melt and the sun’s visits lengthen – and that means golf season has begun and it’s time to brush up on your swing. …


  • Idaho school continues EPIC journey

    A charter school in North Idaho for children with autism nearly three years in the making is one step closer to opening its doors. Parents on the board of the …


  • Schools take hit in either state budget plan

    Neither of the proposed state spending plans being assembled by each legislative chamber in Olympia contains good news for schools. But if Kettle Falls School District Superintendent Greg Goodnight had …


  • Math classes enough to graduate

    Thousands of Washington high school students who failed the math portion of WASL won’t have to try again. Legislation signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire this week eliminates the controversial retesting …


  • Smart Bombs: Yabba dabba don’t

    Texas is the latest state where evolution has caused consternation among school board members. There is no controversy among scientists, which is all that should matter. Anyway, because Texas is …


  • The market’s tough for would-be teachers

    Carrie Palmateer has attended the Washington Educators Career Fair held in Spokane each spring for the past four years. She still hasn’t landed a teaching job.


  • Our View: House rekindles hope despite WEA opposition

    Unless political leadership in Olympia takes charge, school reform could end with a whimper. Two bills that carried the tenets of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Washington Learns initiative and the Legislature’s …


  • Indian Trail second-graders win 500 books in contest

    Jill Ferguson, a second-grade teacher at Indian Trail Elementary, 4102 W. Woodside Ave., and her students’ care where they are. Ferguson and her students were recently awarded 500 books when …


  • Indian Trail students win national contest

    Jill Ferguson, a second-grade teacher at Indian Trail Elementary, 4102 W. Woodside Ave., and her students’ care where they are. Ferguson and her students were recently awarded 500 books when …


  • Schools support firm despite ad slip, bad economy

    Even amid economic uncertainty, the majority of voters Tuesday appeared willing to accept possible property tax increases in support of Spokane-area school districts. Results from a special election show nearly …


  • Our View: Obama’s education plan focuses on accountability

    A political cold front has battered No Child Left Behind for quite some time. The goal of this federal foray into education hatched by President George W. Bush and U.S. …


  • Obama stresses school reform

    WASHINGTON – President Obama on Tuesday sharply criticized America’s public school system and outlined a strategy to reward good teachers and fire bad ones, establish uniform academic achievement standards and …


  • Obama, taking on unions, backs teacher merit pay

    President Barack Obama embraced merit pay for teachers Tuesday in spelling out a vision of education that will almost certainly alienate union backers.


  • Federal aid to reach schools in weeks

    WASHINGTON – Education Secretary Arne Duncan Saturday announced that nearly $44 billion in federal stimulus aid to schools will be available to states in the next 30 to 45 days …


  • Luna defends planned schools cuts

    BOISE – Idaho’s schools chief is defending his plan to cut $62 million from public schools next year rather than dip into a $114 million stabilization fund, saying things will …


  • Ferris’ Ham on Regal takes the stage

    On Sunday at 2 p.m. the MayHAM will begin when Ferris High School’s Ham on Regal Players hits the stage for a special opening performance of “MayHAM at the Museum.” …


  • Event teaches kids, parents how to make math fun

    Parents and their children had an opportunity to learn how to make math fun last week at Windsor Elementary School. The school’s parent-teacher organization sponsored the event that included dinner …


  • CdA schools consider raft of cuts

    Coeur d’Alene students may see fewer teachers and principals in the halls next year, have to pay more to participate in after-school activities and go on fewer field trips. Those …


  • CdA schools weigh options for budget cuts

    Coeur d’Alene students may see fewer teachers and principals in the halls next year, have to pay more to participate in after-school activities and go on fewer field trips.


  • Athletes may be excused

    Starting next fall, student athletes in Spokane schools may not have to suit up for gym. The board of directors for Spokane Public Schools is considering changing the rules to …


  • Crucial for schools, some say bond would recharge economy

    When Wayne Brokaw thinks about the construction bond on the table for Spokane Public Schools, he sees a figure beyond the $288 million price tag. His number is 4,608.


  • Best of the Voices: Alternative school students get taste of business world

    Spokane Valley High School Principal Larry Bush was pleased to find out his school was one of the top 10 alternative high schools in Washington, but he always knew he …


  • In schools: Ferris parents prepare to ham it up

    It’ll be anything but pandemonium and chaos, and nothing but fun, when Ferris High School parents and teachers hit the stage on March 8 at 2 p.m. to perform “MayHAM …


  • Our View: AP classes help push students to front of the line

    Former U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spelling often invoked a compelling fact to drive home the importance of education in an increasingly competitive world: “In 1970, half of the people in …


  • Anytime’s good time for diploma

    The first commencement for the high school class of 2009 Thursday wasn’t without pomp and circumstance. True, the ceremony came about four months earlier than usual – or eight months …

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