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Shadle Park teacher to return

A Shadle Park High School teacher put on leave for handing out the lyrics of a rap song with off-color language will return to the classroom on Monday. But Brad …


Administrators out of school budget woes’ reach

While private-sector and state workers have taken hits during the economic downturn, many public school administrators have seen their pay remain steady or increase. Spokane Public Schools officials – from …


Updates: Pardon would let Ague work with troubled youth

Starcia Ague is one signature away from being unshackled from her past. Let’s just hope Gov. Chris Gregoire steps up and makes it happen.


Top tier out of school budget woes’ reach

While private-sector and state workers have taken hits during the economic downturn, many public school administrators have seen their pay remain steady or increase.


Jefferson Elementary School options pit sides

The battle over the future of Spokane’s Jefferson Elementary School remained heated Wednesday. More than 200 people attended a public forum before the Spokane school board, many making their case …


Shadle Park teacher named Einstein Fellow

Shadle Park High School physics and science teacher Matthew Inman was recently recognized for his excellence in teaching by the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education as a 2010-’11 …


District narrows Jefferson Elementary relocation to 2 sites

The options for relocation of Spokane’s Jefferson Elementary School have been narrowed to two – one east and one west, according to a recently released report prepared by Spokane Public …


Foreign refugees flood into Spokane with 3 months of U.S. aid

In the fall of 2006, a young Spokane pastor and his wife welcomed an extended family of 12 ethnic Burmese refugees into their East Central neighborhood church called Jacob’s Well …


Teacher passed out lyrics containing profanity

Off-color language, not an indictment of the educational system contained in a hip-hop song, was the reason a Shadle Park High School teacher was placed on leave after he distributed …


Song lyrics weren’t authorized for classroom use

Off-color language, not an indictment of the educational system contained in a hip-hop song, was the reason a Shadle Park High School teacher was placed on leave after he distributed …


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 …


Districts juggle snow days, changes as school begins

Across the Inland Northwest, students are sharpening their pencils and packing their backpacks in anticipation of the first day of school. Some schools begin today; others begin next week. All …


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 …