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Despite city go-ahead on sportsplex, confusion surrounds stadium developments

No local issue has earned as much confusion, even among the supposedly well informed, as the advisory vote on where to locate a new 5,000-seat stadium.


Spokane high school students leave hate out of politics project

The young people of Spokane talked politics this week, and they managed to do it without a trace of nastiness.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Roosevelt Elementary principal resigned after ‘swat’ to unruly kindergartner

Roosevelt Elementary School principal Laura Franks delivered a single spank to an unruly kindergarten student on the morning of Sept. 13. It led to her resignation the next day, according …


Early morning ‘zero hour’ classes give ambitious teens a boost, but is it costing them sleep?

Early classes are designed to give students taking a full-load of college preparatory classes, which includes two years of a foreign language, an extra period. But some administrators worry that …


With a little of the old and a little of the new, modernized Franklin Elementary sparkles with fresh life

The Franklin Elementary School Modernization and Addition is just one of many projects paid for by the $205 million bond Spokane voters approved in 2015. At $26 million it’s not …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Westboro Baptist Church members outnumbered by protesters at every stop during Spokane visit

Five women from the Westboro Baptist Church met a wave of unified opposition in Spokane as counterprotesters turned out in droves Thursday to support soldiers, environmentalists, members of the LGBT …


Friends share memories of Steve Cook, Shaw Middle School substitute who died last week

Shaw Middle School substitute Steve Cook may have died without next-of-kin, but he wasn’t without friends.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 7:38 p.m.

Authorities unable to find family of substitute teacher who died at Shaw Middle School

Steven Lynn Cook, 55, died Wednesday morning after going into cardiac arrest, according to Spokane Public Schools officials. He was substitute teaching.


Linwood Principal Gina Naccarato-Keele receives local, national honors

Building a great school is about building relationships, and Gina Naccarato-Keele has done both at Linwood Elementary School.


School bond measure would replace Joe Albi Stadium; new location still to be decided

The Arena has been a fixture since 1995. And now a new indoor sportsplex on the north bank of the Spokane River is nearing the design phase.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 8:41 a.m.

Spokane school bond would help Spanish immersion and On Track Academy programs

Two special programs that serve opposite ends of Spokane Public Schools’ broad collection of students stand to gain more space and traction as voters decide on a


Passage of Spokane Public Schools bond would ease Lewis and Clark’s lunchtime chaos

Lewis and Clark High School is the last Spokane Public School without a central place for students to eat lunch. A bond on the November ballot would change that.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 11:26 a.m.

School district mum on Roosevelt Elementary principal’s resignation

Roosevelt Elementary School’s principal resigned after less than a month on the job.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 8:46 a.m.

Spokane Public Schools look to $495.3 million bond to rebuild 3 mid-century middle schools

Welcome to Glover Middle School, where the principal doesn’t wear a button-down shirt because his office is too warm, where students recently went five days without hot water and where …


Spokane Public Schools $495 million bond proposal: An overview

The $495 million bond proposal voters will consider in the Nov. 6 election would create three new middle schools, replace three other middle schools, pay for a new


New middle schools in Spokane Public Schools bond would help lower class sizes in elementaries

The $495 million school Spokane Public Schools bond on the Nov. 6 ballot offers many things, but the biggest is a reduction in classroom size for kindergarten through third grade. …


Eyes on the skies: New course gives Shadle Park students a taste of aerospace manufacturing

This summer, Spokane Public Schools’ board formally adopted the Shadle Park aerospace technology pilot program as an approved curriculum.


Bagged, tagged and out of reach: Spokane teachers respond to in-class cellphone usage

Even as they become increasingly necessary to daily life, cellphones in the classroom are a growing distraction. Spokane teachers are searching for a response.


Bigger, more extensive Spokane dog park planned for South Hill

The ongoing partnership between the city and Spokane Public Schools may produce a bigger and better dog park, with longer trails and less conflict with neighbors.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Spokane Public Schools planning to reduce staffing through attrition to pay for teacher raises

After delivering large pay raises for teachers and other staff, Spokane Public Schools administrators are now looking to shrink the size of its workforce.


Walking School Bus helps Spokane children get to school and instills confidence

Thanks to dozens of volunteers, the Walking School Bus helps young children – those who live too close to school for a conventional bus ride – find their way safely …


Buzz kill: Spokane schools trying to discourage students from ‘energy’ drinks

Like coffee and pop, any Spokane fifth-grader can buy caffeinated drinks legally at any supermarket or quick stop, no questions asked.


North Central’s Myah Rodriguez pursuing her own history after beating cancer

North Central High School student Myah Rodriguez overcame childhood cancer to become a leader with a bright future.


Teens in Spokane County are vaping more, while smoking and drinking less

Almost one in six teens in Spokane County uses e-cigarettes. At the same time, teen use of alcohol and cigarettes has declined dramatically.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:17 a.m.

In many Spokane County schools, about 30 percent of students are chronically absent

Around the nation, this is Attendance Awareness Month – not that educators in Spokane need any reminding. In the Spokane Public Schools last year, chronic absenteeism – defined as missing …


For school systems, McCleary decision gave with one hand and took with the other

The irony isn’t lost on the state’s school districts, teachers and the public they serve: that the $2 billion windfall created by the landmark McCleary court decision has reaped a …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Central Valley School District teachers vote overwhelmingly to approve now contract

Central Valley School District teachers moved swiftly and decisively to approve a new salary contract Friday afternoon.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 6:40 a.m.

Full-day kindergarten starts fifth year in Spokane Public Schools

On Wednesday morning at Cooper Elementary School, new kindergartners brought their essential supplies, all stuffed in their backpacks. So did their parents – straight from a tissue box.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Central Valley teachers and administrators to meet Monday on pay increases

After Spokane Public Schools and the Mead School District agreed this week to large pay raises for their teachers, the teachers union for Central Valley School District hopes to get …


With fire trucks and high-fives, Roosevelt Elementary opens for first day of school

At Roosevelt Elementary, the first day of school was as shiny and new as a fire truck.