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Minidoka schools lose free breakfast for all students, federal changes also impact other districts

Many Magic Valley students will no longer receive free breakfast at school this year after the Federal School Lunch Program changed its eligibility formula.


Vancouver schools helping families living in poverty

Since 2002, Vancouver Public Schools has “stepped out of its lane” – as many educators here say – to help children living in the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.


Schools eye facial recognition technology to boost security

The surveillance system that has kept watch on students entering Lockport schools for over a decade is getting a novel upgrade. Facial recognition technology soon will check each face against …


Battle Ground schools table new sexual health curriculum

Under public pressure, the Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors delayed its decision to adopt new comprehensive and sexual health curriculum.


Yakima Valley schools working to fill at least 65 open teaching positions

A Yakima Herald-Republic analysis of current online job postings found that there are at least 65 open teaching positions in the Yakima Valley.


UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018, 9:18 a.m.

Nampa elementary school therapy dogs to join, help students

Students at Franklin D. Roosevelt Elementary recently got acquainted with Mila, a Chesapeake Bay retriever, and the special power only a dog can provide to help soothe students. Next school …


Washington school district teachers get bats for security

A rural school district in Eastern Washington is arming its teachers and staff with tee-ball bats in case of an active shooter.


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 9:57 p.m.

School-zone speeders fight back and seek class action lawsuit

Catching school-zone speeders in Spokane has netted the city more than $1.3 million in fines. But those lucrative tickets have also earned the city a legal problem: a possible class-action …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

$60,000 split among top students in Spokane County; Lewis and Clark represented in each category

Connor Cremers only remembers one lesson from his kindergarten class. It was a math lesson with snowmen. He was hooked. Recognized as the top science student in Spokane County, he …


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 10:28 a.m.

In their own voice: Students offer thoughts about school walkouts

The Spokesman-Review asked local high school students to share, in their own words, why they plan to walk out of class Wednesday morning to demand stricter gun policies. Their reasons …


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 12:06 p.m.

A new twist on vaping: Juuls are small, discreet, and have health and school officials concerned

Called Juul by brand name – or “juuling” on the street – the vaping device has lit up attention both for its popularity and public health warnings that the discreet, …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 3:47 p.m.

Study: NRA gave $7 million to hundreds of schools

The National Rifle Association has dramatically increased its funding to schools in recent years amid a national debate over guns and school violence, an Associated Press analysis of tax records …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 8 p.m.

Should schools be required to tell parents about bullying?

Richard and Christine Taras are pushing for a New York law that would require schools to notify parents if their child is being bullied. Known as “Jacobe’s Law,” the measure …


Alarmed by fake news, states push media literacy in schools

Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 1:57 p.m.

Report: Teacher shortage worse in Idaho than other states

A recent report says about a third of all teachers who are certified in Idaho each year don’t go on to get teaching jobs in the state, and many of …


Spokane looks to expand school zone cameras, sidewalk and street improvements in 2019

A Spokane City Council proposal would double the number of traffic cameras to catch school-zone speeders.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

U.S. charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation

Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds – an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 3:10 p.m.

Seattle school bus drivers to strike 1 day over health care

The Seattle school bus drivers union says it will go on a one-day strike Wednesday to protest the health insurance plan being offered.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

2 new schools’ worth. Tri-City districts have added a lot of students

Tri-City school districts have added enough students this year to fill two elementary schools.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 11 p.m.

Montana lawmakers battling over budget shortfall

Some Montana lawmakers appear to be playing a game of political chicken with the budget, even as the state faces the possibility of not being able to afford a $120 …


Idaho schools chief to run for re-election

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra says she will run for re-election in 2018.


California schools warn flutes could be tainted with semen

Parents were warned Saturday that a music teacher with a nonprofit group may have handed out flutes to schoolchildren that were tainted with his own semen.


Idaho initiative helps admit 20,000 students to college

The Idaho State Board of Education has announced that more than 20,000 high school students have been admitted to Idaho’s public colleges and universities.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 11:43 a.m.

15,000 Montana students returning to school after cyber-threats

Classes are scheduled to resume Tuesday at Flathead Valley public schools that were closed after several schools received cyber threats from an unknown person.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

Bullying too simple an explanation for Freeman school shooting, experts say

When Caleb Sharpe told police he opened fire on his Freeman High School classmates to “teach everyone a lesson about what happens when you bully others” his story fell into …


Richland officials, teachers agree to 1-year contract

Richland teachers and administrators have settled on a one-year contract.


Northwestern Montana school districts close due to threats

More than two dozen public and private schools in a northwestern Montana county canceled classes on Thursday after the school districts received threats via text message.


Moscow School District installs new security system

Visitors – and potential intruders – to schools in the Moscow School District will notice that gaining access to the buildings will not be quite as easy it as it …


Idaho school board expels student who made bomb threat

An Idaho school board expelled an eighth-grade student who made a bomb threat.


Lawsuit filed against school district and student over beating

A woman is suing the Eugene School District for allegedly failing to protect a North Eugene High School student from being beaten up by a classmate.