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School dropout study urges early intervention

A Gonzaga University study focused on dropout prevention starting in middle school suggests an early warning system for identifying potential dropouts, a bigger variety of academic opportunities and more rigor …


Idaho requires credits to enter high school

BOISE – The state will start keeping score in middle school, requiring students in seventh and eighth grades to complete at least 80 percent of their class credits before they …


Idaho graduates don’t need to pass science test

BOISE – Idaho is scrapping a rule that would have required high school students to pass standardized tests in science before they graduate, starting with the class of 2013. Idaho …


Spokane school board OKs budget, avoiding cuts and layoffs

The board of Spokane Public Schools adopted a $316.8 million budget Wednesday for the 2010-’11 school year without much fanfare. No gaps, no massive cuts and no big rounds of …


With voter approval, campus would provide technical training

Voters in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland school districts will go to the polls Aug. 24 to decide whether they’ll pay for the $9.5 million construction of a …


Schools adjust to more students new to English language

When Ehlawlah started school in the United States four years ago, she could barely speak English. “School was hard at first,” said the 9-year-old, who is a refugee from Southeast …


Washington not among 18 finalists for education grants

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have been named finalists in the second round of the federal “Race to the Top” school reform grant competition, giving them a chance …


Juvenile detention center offers education to kids

When the 15-year-old Cheney girl arrived at Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center, she didn’t know how to multiply, add or subtract. She’d dropped out of school in seventh grade and …


Math, reading gap among Native American students

Native American students at schools overseen by the federal Bureau of Indian Education performed significantly worse on national standardized tests in reading and math compared with those in public schools.


Dropout rate battles disconnected

Efforts are mounting to improve Spokane Public Schools’ dropout rate of nearly 29 percent. The school district and its board, community members, elected officials, philanthropists and child advocates all have …


Boundary County to close school

The Boundary County School Board announced Thursday it will close Evergreen Elementary School in Moyie Springs, Idaho, to offset a $250,000 budget deficit. Teachers and staff will meet today to …


Scores slip with new Washington state test

For the third year in a row, more than 90 percent of high school seniors passed Washington’s reading and writing assessment tests required for graduation. Scores dropped slightly in writing …


District to reveal budget plan today

Boundary County School District officials will announce today their plan to deal with a $250,000 budget shortfall. On June 8, voters decided against closing Naples Elementary School to fill the …


Voters save school from closure

Voters in Boundary County, Idaho, voted Tuesday to keep Naples Elementary School open. Unofficial results showed 58 percent of voters supported keeping the school, with 42 percent voting for closure.


Coeur d’Alene school board OKs late Monday start

Coeur d’Alene school trustees have approved a schedule change to give teachers two hours of preparation and collaboration time on Monday mornings.


Test results will be mailed out soon

OLYMPIA – High school students who took the statewide achievement tests this spring will be receiving their scores sometime in the next week or so.


Wash. high school test results will be in the mail

High school students who took the statewide achievement tests this spring will be receiving their scores sometime in the next week or so. These are the first results from the …


9 of 10 school districts sign on for Race to the Top

Nearly 9 out of 10 school districts in Washington have signed on to an application to win as much as $250 million in federal money through a program known as …


Wash. may not get any more school stimulus dollars

The director of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Washington, D.C., office hopes a visit home will influence members of Congress to think again about sending more money to public schools to avoid …


Mead, Mt. Spokane effort fills bus with books

Mead and Mt. Spokane high school seniors recently went above and beyond for their senior project and filled the bus for kids in need – who love to read. The …


New statewide ed tests next week, some on computer

Online testing begins this week for some Washington students in grades six through eight. The new Measures of Student Progress — the tests replacing the WASL in the younger grades …


Gregoire asks every school district to sign grant

Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking all of Washington 295 school districts to join an effort to seek $250 million from the federal government for education reform.


Idaho cancels statewide tests for 2010-11 school year

The state superintendent of public instruction has canceled two statewide tests for the upcoming school year.


Idaho lawmakers slashed spending, assailed federal initiatives

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers’ session this year was one of slash and bash – slashing deeply into state budgets for everything from schools to health care while passing measure after …


Paying to play

Looming budget cuts are prompting a closer look at the costs of extracurricular activities in area public schools. Eliminating sports with low participation or implementing fees are among school officials’ …


Keeping kids a priority hard for pinched district

Priorities. Ask anyone what their priority in life is and the answer most likely will be something that relates to the well-being of their family. For parents, many will say …


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 …


Plan for Idaho schools would delay budget cuts

BOISE – Idaho schools wouldn’t see midyear cuts this year under a plan unveiled by legislative budget writers on Thursday, but they’d face bigger cuts next year. The plan, which …


Districts prepare to build

Plans to build new schools or add new classrooms are moving ahead on the West Plains. It’s a busy time for the school districts after voters approved bonds in Cheney …