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UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 9:41 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Girls’ school uniforms proposed

A parent concerned about girls arriving to school in attire not warm enough for the weather and in too-high heels proposed girls wear uniforms at Spokane public schools.


Report: Gifted programs at Spokane Public Schools need work

An 84-page report released in January identified several improvements for Spokane Public Schools’ organized programs available to highly capable students, including schedule changes, increased communication between teachers and parents and …


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Washington bill would allow parents to give students marijuana extract drugs on public school grounds

The bill, which has been introduced twice before in the Washington Legislature, is intended to allow students with a documented condition treated by marijuana to receive the drug on campuses, …


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Suspect in Lewis and Clark High School threats case is released again on bond

After a weekend in jail, 18-year-old Ryan Lee – the former student accused three separate times of threatening to shoot students at Lewis and Clark High School – is again …


Rogers High School leadership club cooks up confidence

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national career and technical student organization that attempts to provide personal growth, leadership development and career preparation opportunities for students. At …


Report: More work needed on safety, discipline in Spokane schools

Spokane Public Schools is failing to connect with minority students on the subject of safety and discipline, board members were reminded this past week.They also were confronted with numbers suggesting …


Records detail fight at Ferris High School that led to resource officer’s resignation

It all started over a tattoo and a pair of sneakers. Records released this past week by Spokane Public Schools reveal what started the Jan. 24 altercation that prompted a …


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 7:46 a.m.

Suspect in social media threats against Lewis and Clark out of jail as parents post $100,000 cash bond; attorney claims no evidence of wrongdoing

Ryan Lee, accused twice of making social media threats against students at Lewis and Clark High School out of jail, His attorney claims police arrested the wrong guy.


Spokane Public Schools opens online ‘thought exchange’ for input on McCleary fix

The McCleary fix needs more fixing, and the state has yet to figure out a solution.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 8:39 a.m.

Students at this Spokane elementary school find peace of mind by stretching their bodies

Take a deep breath and consider this: Perhaps the most innovative pilot program at Spokane Public Schools is commanded by a captain who tells his audience to reach for the …


Wage hikes, access put squeeze on child care

The network of quality child care in Spokane and beyond is fraying at the edges. Some call it a national crisis. For providers in Washington state, higher minimum wages costs …


Spokane Public Schools takes imaginative approach to new middle school designs

Five years from now, expect to see a bigger budget for window cleaners at Spokane Public Schools. The vision for middle schools took flight this week, and it’s a transparent …


Shawn Vestal: ‘Bribes’ to opt out of sex ed are a lousy use of federal dollars

Let me get this straight: Federal funding is being used to pay $20 “rewards” to Spokane teenagers who skip sex-ed courses and take an online abstinence course instead?


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

With help from federal grant, group urges parents to opt-out of Spokane Public Schools sex ed curriculum in favor of abstinence-based concept

Even in the chill of winter, the subject of sex education will stoke a few fires.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Adults and students may soon use the same Spokane libraries at schools

When it comes to the future of libraries in Spokane, civic leaders aren’t going by the book – they’re writing a new one. It’s been a great read so far. …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Ferris High School resource officer resigns; Spokane School Board hears public concerns of ‘implicit bias’

Three weeks after an African-American student was pinned by a resource officer at Ferris High School, dozens of citizens contended implicit bias within the district exists.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 3:53 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools announces 2-hour delay

With more snow arriving overnight, Spokane Public Schools announced it will start 2-hours late on Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 8:43 a.m.

Grab your sled. It’s a snow day in Spokane

While two days of record snowfall in Spokane meant headaches for many of Spokane’s residents, it also meant the first snow day for its littlest occupants. In fact, every school …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:13 a.m.

Almost all public schools closed in Spokane County as snow piles up

Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Central Valley and Mead are among the school districts that declared snow days on Tuesday.


Middle school students want new buildings to get kids excited about going to class

Brighter classrooms. More windows. Larger hallways. Study space. Middle school students ask officials to design new middle schools with kids in mind.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 6:14 a.m.

Forecasters: As much as 12 inches of new snow could fall in Spokane area

With temperatures expected to rise over the next couple days, the snow that falls likely will be wetter and heavier than the light, fluffy powder we’ve seen so far.


North Central High School students’ genetic work on worms could help scientists make breakthroughs

A grant is helping North Central High School teach students genetics through worm research.


Spokane Public Schools board: State’s work funding Washington education isn’t done yet

The Legislature believes its work funding Washington education is finished; we disagree.


Gifts that keep giving: Area schools reap the benefit when donors makes musical gifts

Private donations of musical instruments or successful campaigns for specific equipment can make a big impact for music programs at area schools, but they are extremely rare.


Spokane artist Chris Bovey collaborates with consultant and students to create a mural at North Central High School

The wall of the North Central High School cafeteria has a new splash of color thanks to Spokane artist Chris Bovey, who recently finished a Spokane-themed mural painted in the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Performance drives home impact of bullying for Shaw middle schoolers

Wednesday morning at Shaw Middle School, four actors from the Seattle Children’s Theatre brought some serious humor to a tough subject.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

Resource officer on paid leave after incident at Ferris High School

Officer Shawn Audie, a former Spokane County sheriff’s deputy, had been accused of excessive force several times before the Jan. 24 incident at Ferris.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

Ferris fight draws backlash against resource officer’s tactics

A fight at Ferris High School, in which a resource officer put his knee to a student’s neck, is drawing scrutiny about why Spokane Public Schools hired a former deputy …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 7:58 p.m.

Spread of measles could send 2,550 students home if virus reaches Spokane schools

Families can apply for an exemption on philosophical or religious grounds, but students may be ordered to stay home if the measles virus reaches schools in the districts around Spokane …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Security strengthened at LC after more social media threats

Students and staff at Lewis and Clark High School will see more police Tuesday following a series of social media threats against the school and students.