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Student data mixed on new state assessments

More than 60 percent of sophomores in Spokane Public Schools last year failed Washington’s math assessment test, while students in neighboring districts performed only slightly better, according to results released …


Here’s the Dirt: South Hill gaining medical building

A foot-and-ankle specialist and dentist will occupy a two-story office building just under construction at 3707 S. Grand Blvd. The $2 million building will encompass 8,700 square feet on the …


Controversy evident at Jefferson school redevelopment meeting

What began as three different proposals for the remodeling or rebuilding of Jefferson Elementary School earlier this year quickly evolved into a major neighborhood controversy when some neighborhood residents turned …


Education notebook: Shadle plans festivities for reopening

Shadle Park High School students, along with the rest of the community, won’t have to wait until the first day of school to see their newly remodeled school. The two-day …


School dropout study urges early intervention

A Gonzaga University study focused on dropout prevention starting in middle school suggests an early warning system for identifying potential dropouts, a bigger variety of academic opportunities and more rigor …


Ecowell kiosks let thirsty customers use own containers, pick flavors

A Pullman startup company hopes to change the way people buy beverages from vending machines. Ecowell, which began as a class project among engineering students at Washington State University, makes …


Spokane school board OKs budget, avoiding cuts and layoffs

The board of Spokane Public Schools adopted a $316.8 million budget Wednesday for the 2010-’11 school year without much fanfare. No gaps, no massive cuts and no big rounds of …


Schools adjust to more students new to English language

When Ehlawlah started school in the United States four years ago, she could barely speak English. “School was hard at first,” said the 9-year-old, who is a refugee from Southeast …


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 …


Rogers listed among nation’s best schools

Rogers High School has been added to Newsweek’s list of the 1,600 best U.S. high schools. The magazine’s list was released last week but is revised as additional entries are …


Scores drop on new statewide 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.


Spokane schools funding plan makes dropout prevention a priority

A little savings, slightly higher property taxes, some conservative projections and $54 million in cuts during the last eight years means Spokane Public Schools will be able to avoid trimming …


School officials to take questions

Spokane School Board members and district Superintendent Nancy Stowell will be available for questions Thursday during the district’s hourlong live call-in show, “Educating Spokane.”


Neighbors act like school kids

It is a measure of how passionately silly the debate over Jefferson Elementary has grown that the school’s principal called in security for Thursday’s annual spring fundraiser, the Tech Trek. …


School counselors help with issues beyond academics

Teachers wear many hats. As more students struggle with poverty, developmental disorders, social pressures and the breakdown of families, educators often find themselves shouldering responsibilities that go way beyond the …


Schools’ budget reality strikes hard

Consecutive years of belt-tightening are leaving Inland Northwest school districts with fewer notches available to further cinch up their spending. Temporary federal funds for education in the 2009-’11 biennium helped …


New Westview Elementary scheduled to open in 2012

Spokane Public Schools held another open house showing off its plans for a new Westview Elementary School last Thursday evening, and compared to the open houses concerning Jefferson Elementary School’s …


School board signs up to Race to the Top

The Spokane School Board voted 3-2 Wednesday to support the state’s application for federal Race to the Top funds. School Board Director Jeff Bierman was opposed, as was board President …


Thousands of elementary musicians put on concert

Fifth-grader Audriana Crawford was nervous about performing in her first Band and Strings Spectacular Tuesday in front of more than 10,000 people at the Spokane Arena. But fellow viola player …


School boards consider Race to Top

The Spokane School Board will vote tonight on whether to support the state’s proposal to compete for a share of $3.4 billion in federal Race to the Top funds. Millions …


Mann Center closure ceremony set

A public closure ceremony for the Joe Mann Army Reserve Center in Hillyard is planned for May 26. Reserve units that have used the center at 4415 N. Market St. …


Spokane Public Schools shuffle teaching posts

Eighteen Spokane Public Schools employees, mostly teachers, received layoff notices Thursday, but officials anticipate hiring all of them back. The layoffs of the least-senior certified staff are necessary in order …


Officials: Laid-off Spokane school employees will be rehired

Eighteen Spokane Public Schools employees, mostly teachers, received layoff notices Thursday, but officials anticipate hiring all of them back.


Havermale teams up for Bloomsday run

When five teachers and staffers and 20 students from Havermale Alternative High School wake up with tender legs the morning after Bloomsday, they’ll know to blame Bob Chadduck. He’s a …


Big-time taste test

Edible flowers and kumquats? Not too bad, Shaw Middle School students said Friday. Pickled pig’s feet and cow stomach, however – gag worthy. The goal was to teach students not …


Spokane kids put taste buds to the test

Edible flowers and kumquats? Not too bad, Shaw Middle School students said Friday. Pickled pig’s feet and cow stomach, however – gag worthy.


Dropout rate hard to pin down

A dropout is defined by Washington education officials as “a student who leaves school for any reason, except death, before completing school with a regular diploma and does not transfer …


New levy would fund Spokane dropout prevention

There’s no one-word answer for why kids drop out of school. Health problems, a lack of parental support, homelessness, fear, lack of motivation or self-esteem, parents in jail or on …


Spokane teacher of Year honors go to three

Three teachers in Spokane Public Schools have been honored as Teacher of the Year. Dorene Brown, a teacher at Rogers High School, was named the Washington State ProStart Teacher of …


Levy would finance battle against Spokane high-school dropout rate

A high school dropout can cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in social services, one study shows. Dropouts are 63 times more likely to be institutionalized and three times …