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UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 11:36 a.m.

Spin Control: Quick turnaround on levy cliff bill doesn’t mean on-time end to session

Yes, the Legislature passed a bill to delay a cut in school funding in a day last week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll finish their work on time.


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 9:14 a.m.

In first year of operation, Spokane’s school zone cameras net $1.2 million from speeders

Between the city’s 15 red-light cameras and two school-zone cameras, $2.8 million was collected in fines last year. That money will go to construction projects designed to slow traffic and …


100 years ago in Spokane: U.S. marshal seeks permission to hang murderer from scaffolding on roof of downtown post office

The U.S. marshal in Spokane raised an alarming possibility: a hanging on Riverside Avenue. Marshal James E. McGovern confirmed that he had applied for permission to build a scaffold on …


Virginia school district to close for ‘A Day Without a Woman’

A northern Virginia school system is canceling classes for all students Wednesday after numerous teachers requested the day off to join a national day of protest called “A Day Without …


Flip the script: Cursive sees revival in school instruction

Cursive writing is looping back into style in schools across the country after a generation of students who know only keyboarding, texting and printing out their words longhand.


Toxic chemical levels causes school closure in Monroe

MONROE, Wash. – Concerns about a toxic chemical caused part of an alternative high school in Monroe to close. KOMO-TV reported that part of Sky Valley Education Center closed on …


Schools chief defends arming staffers

Some details remain to be honed as a new policy allowing trained staff members to carry firearms in schools is rolled out, Mountain View School District Superintendent Kent Stokes said. …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 2:41 p.m.

Private school vouchers favored by DeVos don’t offer real advantage over public schools, study indicates

A new study reports that there is no evidence that school vouchers – which use public dollars to pay for private school tuition and are favored by Education Secretary Betsy …


Montana House rejects bill to allow guns in schools

The Montana House has voted down a proposal to allow guns in schools. Fifteen Republicans joined 41 Democrats Monday to reject the bill in a 56-44 vote.


Transgender teen to press Supreme Court case despite Trump administration guidance

Attorneys for a transgender teen who sued his school board for barring him from the boys’ bathroom said Thursday that they plan to continue to press his case before the …


Lawmakers seek to give Washington schools chief more power

The Washington state Board of Education could lose some of its authority over the state’s K-12 public education system under a controversial bill that would transfer some of its responsibilities …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: U.S. divided between ignorant and informed

The country’s divide is between the ignorant and the informed, between those who have information and can extrapolate from it and those who do not and cannot.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

State Republican education funding proposal jeopardizes poorest students, Spokane educators say

A public school funding proposal unveiled by state Republicans earlier this month may reduce the amount of money Spokane’s poorest schools receive, according to district administrators.


Trump administration signals change in policy for transgender students

The Trump administration signaled Friday that it was changing course on the previous administration’s efforts to expand transgender rights, submitting a legal brief withdrawing the government’s objections to an injunction …


Bill would lower supermajority requirement for Idaho bonds

The threshold for approving municipality and school bonds would be lowered slightly under a new proposal recently introduced in the Idaho Statehouse.


Education Notebook: Library offers programs for home-school students

Also this week: Information night on Institute of Science and Technology Middle School program, Rogers debate club hosts Rhetoric in the Ring III, and SPS holds teacher hiring fair.


Sen. Mark Schoesler: Income tax is the real issue, not schools

Some folks want the people of Washington to think the big issue in our upcoming legislative session is public education. They say it’s all about the children, the schools and …


Washington task force struggles to outline education fixes as deadline approaches

Washington lawmakers debate possible costs of better schools, and the taxes to pay for them, as the start of the 2017 Legislature approaches.


Central Valley school board seeks $130 million bond to build two schools, renovate existing middle school

Central Valley School District will try for a $130 million bond in 2018 that would add more schools but not increase property tax rate.


Vendors tweak suit to block AG on voided broadband contract

Two internet companies are asking a federal judge to block Attorney General Lawrence Wasden from forcing them to return millions of dollars paid under a voided state broadband contract.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 1:42 p.m.

State officials deliver $37 million to Idaho public schools

State officials on Tuesday presented Idaho’s public schools with a ceremonial check for about $37 million.


Mt. View School District closer to guns on campuses

Mountain View School District inched closer Monday night toward adopting a policy that would allow school personnel to carry weapons on its campuses.


City Council authorizes use of school zone camera money for cops, traffic calming

About half of the money expected to be collected from school zone speeders will continue to pay for neighborhood cops in 2018, following a 6 to 1 vote of the …


Oregon health officials release map of schools’ lead tests

Oregon health officials have released an interactive map to allow people to look up results for drinking water lead tests in their local schools.


K-12 standardized testing rules could mean fewer exams for students

Aiming to reduce test-taking in America’s classrooms, the Obama administration released final rules Wednesday to help states and school districts take a new approach to the standardized tests students must …


Oregon officials launch database for results of lead tests

State health and education officials in Oregon have launched an online database that allows parents to find out how much lead is in the water in their children’s school.


Lawsuit over school use of local levies costing thousands

The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has so far spent thousands of dollars to pursue a lawsuit against seven school districts over the use of local levy dollars …


Feds give states more time to bolster struggling schools

States will have more time to identify failing schools as part of new Obama administration rules aimed at supporting troubled public schools and students who are struggling.


Everett schools head named state superintendent of the year

The superintendent of Everett Public Schools has been named 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators.


Schools report racist incidents in wake of Trump election

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, reports of racist incidents are emerging from the nation’s schools and universities, including students who chanted “white power” and called black classmates “cotton …