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Education despite adversity

Kamitra Maxwell made sure her three children were enrolled in school while the family was living on Spokane streets and in a shelter. “School is important for my children,” she …


Shaw teacher wins Milken award, $25,000

An unsuspecting Spokane middle school teacher received the surprise of her career Thursday – a prestigious national award and a $25,000 check to go with it. Kymberly Larson was cheered …


Teacher at Shaw wins national award, $25,000

An unsuspecting Spokane middle school teacher received the surprise of her career Thursday – a prestigious national award and a $25,000 check to go with it.


Spokane teacher talks about working with beginning band students

Spokane Public Schools recently distributed 1,500 instruments to fifth- and sixth-graders preparing for a year in band or orchestra. Tammy King, who teaches music at Linwood and Lidgerwood elementary schools, …


Districts keep flu sufferers connected with schoolwork

Inland Northwest students who think coming down with the swine flu means a break from homework – think again.


Special education squeezes district

Spokane Public Schools is serving more special-education students than ever this year – nearly 500 more than the state will pay for, putting a strain on the financially struggling district. …


Sick days spreading

Swine flu is likely to blame for higher-than-normal absences at Inland Northwest public schools, officials say. East Valley Middle School canceled after-school activities two days in a row because of …


Schools suspect swine flu in early attendence drop

Swine flu is likely to blame for higher-than-normal absences at Inland Northwest public schools, officials say.


Web of learning

Holmes Elementary fourth-graders lined up for a turn in front of a webcam to tell their peers in Summerville, S.C., about Native Americans from the Northwest. “Hi, I’m Mariah. This …


Spokane-area public schools offer tutoring

Now that the school year is in full swing, students will be heading home with their fair share of homework. Spokane Public Schools recently announced Supplemental Educational Services for this …


Strapped districts spread the burden

As students return to schools throughout the Inland Northwest, they’ll notice changes wrought by budget woes: more kids in the classrooms, athletic games played closer to home, fewer buses, old …


Duties shift for dozens

Jake Lemmon used to be a principal’s assistant at Garry Middle School; now he’s teaching elementary P.E. Scott Rademacher, who previously taught at one of Spokane Public Schools’ high schools, …


School offers sneak peek

Cooper Elementary opened its doors a day early Wednesday so parents could meet their children’s new teachers and students could scope out their new classrooms. “I was a little nervous, …


Schools ready flu-fighting tools

The swine flu may appear less frequently in the headlines these days, but it’s at the front of educators’ minds as the first day of school approaches. School officials throughout …


More schools miss feds’ goal

Compared to the previous year, twice as many schools in Spokane Public Schools failed to meet federal standards under the No Child Left Behind Act in 2008-’09, officials announced Friday. …


County’s math WASL scores drop slightly

Math scores among Spokane County’s largest public school districts fell slightly on the WASL since last year, according to results released Friday. “The math was not required for graduation, so …


Spokane board OKs leaner school budget

Federal money helped Spokane Public Schools escape record teacher layoffs and program reductions, officials said. But that alone didn’t cut it. To cover the remaining gaps, the district and the …


Spokane schools budget required some trimming

Federal money helped Spokane Public Schools escape record teacher layoffs and programs cuts, school officials said. But that alone didn’t cut it.


Six vie for two seats on school board

Math curriculum, all-day kindergarten and tight budgets are a few of the issues facing the Spokane School Board in upcoming months. Two board incumbents – Rocky Treppiedi and Jeff Bierman …


District bars cell phones

Spokane Public Schools joined a long list of districts nationwide Wednesday when the school board voted to ban cell-phone use in grades K-12 except during lunch breaks. The policy came …


Indian Youth Summer Program sees record applications

Jazmin Ramirez learned recently that her ancestors made earrings with sinew – dried animal tendons used as string. The 9-year-old said that among all the facts she’s learned in her …


Meal demand grows

Aleanya McMahan brings her nieces, nephews and cousins to A.M. Cannon Park in the West Central neighborhood to eat free meals, offered five days a week by Spokane Public Schools …


Stimulus funds allow schools to avoid grim year

Stimulus money and selected cuts will help Spokane Public Schools avoid an ugly budget scenario next year. Superintendent Nancy Stowell’s recommended budget for 2009-’10, released Wednesday, adds all-day kindergarten at …


School’s out for … a while

As the largest Spokane-area school districts wrap up the year, the summer ahead will be short for some families. The school year was extended to make up for snow closures …


On final day, sixth-graders get a flamboyant farewell

As “Pomp and Circumstance” played on the piano, Jefferson Elementary School sixth-graders paraded around the gym Wednesday for an opportunity to have multi-colored confetti drizzled over their heads, a long-time …


At Jefferson Elementary, confetti marks passage

As “Pomp and Circumstance” played on the piano, Jefferson Elementary School sixth-graders paraded around the gym Wednesday for an opportunity to have multi-colored confetti drizzled over their heads, a long-time …


In brief: All laid-off teachers will be recalled

Spokane Public Schools teachers who received layoff notices in May will be recalled by the end of the month, officials said Tuesday. “It is certainly unfortunate that the law requires …


Teachers will be recalled

Most of the 103 teachers, counselors and librarians who received layoff notices from Spokane Public Schools in May can expect phone calls soon telling them they’re rehired. About 85 percent …


Seniors take state history on the fly

Spokane Public Schools’ high school seniors recently had to do some extra cramming to meet their graduation requirements. The nearly 2,000 teens had to squeeze in a Washington state history …


103 Spokane teachers notified of layoffs

The primary concern among parents who showed up Tuesday to discuss proposed spending cuts was how much class sizes could increase because of potential teacher layoffs. Earlier in the day, …