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  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • Idaho leaders tap reserves to add money for schools

    BOISE – After a long and fierce debate, Idaho’s top five elected officials voted 3-2 on Wednesday to give public schools an extra $22 million from state reserves next year …


  • Idaho officials OK $22 million for schools from reserves

    BOISE - After a long and fierce debate, Idaho’s top five elected officials voted 3-2 on Wednesday to give public schools an extra $22 million from state reserves next year …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • Medical Lake to vote on school bond

    Voters in the Medical Lake School District will decide in February whether to approve a 20-year, $15.6 million bond that would add classrooms and other improvements to two schools and …


  • Governor opposes delay in WASL math and science

    Gov. Chris Gregoire says she opposes state schools chief Randy Dorn’s proposal to delay the requirement for students to pass state math and science tests to graduate.


  • 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 …

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