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Wednesday, February 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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New classes introduce students to science, technology, more

Madie Laws, a Central Valley High School sophomore, isn’t sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but she knows she wants to do something in the medical …


With budgets tight, middle schools seek to keep kids active

Eighth-grader Seairra Rice comes from a family of wrestlers, but she’s the first girl in her family to participate in the sport. “She wanted to show the boys she could …


Schools asking voters to replace state funds

Spokane Public Schools’ board agreed Wednesday to ask voters in February to consider paying more taxes in a levy to compensate for potential state cuts to K-12 education. The region’s …


Home away from homelessness

Britain Webb has been homeless twice while attending University High School. Domestic violence forced the 17-year-old’s mother and siblings out of their Spokane Valley apartment the first time, Webb said. …


Cut to school bus funds not idle talk

School buses could become scarce in parts of Washington as the state grapples with budget shortfalls. Among the list of cuts Gov. Chris Gregoire is considering: State funds to help …


School Notes: Stockton inducted into G-Prep Hall of Fame

Gonzaga Prep recently inducted new members into its Hall of Fame. The 2011 Hall of Fame inductees include: John Stockton, Gonzaga Prep graduate, class of 1980. Stockton made All-Greater Spokane …


Campaign-limit trend shifts to smaller races

Campaign contributions for elected offices in state, county and city governments are limited to a maximum of $1,600. But smaller political races, such as school board, fire commissioner, park board …


Union broke law with Kids News ad

The Spokane Education Association, the union for more than 3,000 Spokane Public Schools employees, placed ads featuring local candidate endorsements in a publication distributed in the district’s elementary schools – …


Social promotion puts students on rough path

Despite failing nearly every class since the sixth grade, Tyler Thompson is now a freshman at a Sandpoint high school. When his mother questioned school administrators in two North Idaho …


Reduced-price meal applications due

Students in the Spokane Public Schools District need to turn in their free or reduced-price meal applications by Monday. Beginning Tuesday, students who were on the meal program during the …


Parents in favor of moving Jefferson stage march

Since the Spokane School Board decided to relocate Jefferson Elementary as part of a school bond-funded remodeling project, opponents of that decision have campaigned tirelessly to stop the move. Recently, …


More schools innovating with job experiences for students

Spencer Enquist knows working in Shadle Park High School’s student-run espresso shop could give him an edge over other applicants at Starbucks. At Bagpipers Bistro, the 17-year-old has learned the …


On-Track Academy launches school garden project

Students and teachers at Hillyard’s On-Track Academy have taken learning to the next level. For the past year, students have researched sustainable gardens and put together plans for how to …


Education briefs: Whitman principal wins award

Whitman Elementary Principal Bev Lund was recognized for her excellent communication skills and creativity when she was recently named the Dick Stannard Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year. The award …


Students deluge districts

Megan Elliott is an experienced elementary school teacher, but she wasn’t prepared for an overcrowded kindergarten class. “We are just actually getting to the point where we can function,” said …


Education Notes: Teens will play teens in St. George’s play

Head back to Rydell High School with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies in “Grease,” when Saint George’s School puts on its first production of the school year on Friday …


Education Notes: Buses run 30 minutes later on Thursdays

School is back in session and for parents that means getting their kids to class on time. But, each Thursday, beginning today in the Spokane Public Schools District, students will …


Area school districts dish up students’ nutrition

Nutrition directors in Spokane Public Schools, Mead and Coeur d’Alene school districts have worked hard in recent years to make breakfast and lunch options better for students. Pizza, for example, …


Rogers gets jump on school year

Students attending Rogers High School might be groaning a little louder than other Spokane teens about the fast-approaching school year. That’s because they start earlier than any other high school …


Jefferson Elementary project open for comments

A notice of determination of nonsignificance, which has to be filed under the State Environmental Policy Act for new construction, was posted recently on the site where a new Jefferson …


Education Notes: NC, Shadle will greet new principals in fall

As students in the Spokane Public Schools district head back to school in the next couple of weeks, many will begin the new school year with a new principal or …


Remedial math routine for local grads at CCS

The percentage of students taking remedial math classes at Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College is an eye-popping statistic. Of the 2009-’10 graduates from Spokane Public Schools who …


Spokane Public Schools OKs budget

Spokane Public Schools adopted its 2011-’12 budget Wednesday, but reaching the finish line was a challenge, as district officials tried to offset a $13.1 million shortfall. “We certainly have experience …


Spokane school board approves budget

Spokane Public Schools adopted its 2011-12 budget Wednesday, but reaching the finish line was a challenge as district officials tried to offset a $13.1 million shortfall.


District recommends rehiring instructional aides

Just two weeks away from adoption of Spokane Public Schools’ 2011-’12 budget, dozens of instructional assistants’ jobs remain on the chopping block. The district administration has balanced the budget and …


Vacated school board seat draws 5 candidates

Five Spokane residents want the chance for a voice on Spokane Public Schools’ board of directors. The candidates’ platforms range from one or two issues, such as math curriculum, to …


Key Spokane Public Schools official leaving

Staci Vesneske, Spokane Public Schools’ assistant superintendent of human resources, is leaving to take a job in a Las Vegas school district.


Education Notes: St. Aloysius student wins art contest

Dong Phung, a student at St. Aloysius Catholic School, was recently honored for his artistic talent and was chosen as the grand prize winner in the Catholic Campaign for Human …


School Notes: Pledge deadline near for College Bound Scholarship

Spokane Public Schools seventh- and eighth-graders living in low-income families may be eligible for a College Bound Scholarship, on the condition that the students sign a pledge to graduate from …


School board commits to maintaining class sizes

Spokane Public Schools officials agreed to a 2011-’12 preliminary budget Wednesday that does not increase any class sizes, but there’s still work to be done. About $1 million remains to …