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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

Salvation Army school backpack giveaway helps 4,000 Spokane children; 1,000 backpacks remain

As her 9-year-old daughter’s legs sagged under her new backpack and school supplies, a big weight was lifted from Erica Durbin’s shoulders.


Spokane Public Schools needs bus riders registered and asthma plans submitted

About 2,000 Spokane Public Schools students have failed to register to ride the bus this year.


Reversing three-year trend, discipline rises in Spokane Public Schools

African-Americans, special education students and other groups in Spokane Public Schools are facing much higher rates of discipline than their peers, the district board was told last week.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 9:17 a.m.

School officials say bond measure was inspired by state funding mandate – and a big pile of dirt

It’s no exaggeration to say that Spokane Public Schools’ new bond proposal was inspired by a pile of dirt.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

City Council approves advisory vote for sports stadium

Spokane voters will have a voice in the location of a new sports stadium, the Spokane City Council decided Monday night.


Bond measure, if approved, would spell end for beloved South Hill dog park

The city’s approval of a $495 million bond is sure to displace the wooded, impromptu dog park behind Mullan Road Elementary School.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 10:39 p.m.

$495 million bond measure approved by unanimous school board vote

Capping years of talks with the city, the school board voted 5-0 to approve a wide-ranging, $495 million bond measure that would add three middle schools, replace three others and …


Shawn Vestal: Don’t get hung up on stadium in plan to improve schools

The most exciting, vital pieces of a massive city-school bond proposal lie right under the shadow cast by a plan to build a stadium: New schools. New libraries. New playfields …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Former school board member accused of hitting bicyclist while driving drunk pleads guilty to lesser charge

A former Spokane school board member accused of vehicular assault after hitting a bicyclist while driving drunk last year recently pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of failure to remain …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 10:56 p.m.

Time to register for school bus routes

With the deadline only three days away, more than 5,000 students in the Spokane Public Schools district haven’t registered to ride the school bus next year.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Spokane School Board questions proposed downtown stadium to replace Joe Albi

The issue of a new stadium in downtown Spokane is going down to the wire.


100 years ago in Spokane: Official claims that female teachers made schools ‘hotbed of pacifism’

Do women teachers make schools a “hotbed of pacifism”? That was the charge made by Dr. Henry Suzzallo, the chairman of the state council of defense.


Spokane schools keep feeding hungry kids throughout summer

Here’s some food for thought: This summer, Spokane Public Schools will serve about 110,000 breakfasts and lunches as part of its Summer Meals Program.


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

Spokane Schools looking at $436 million budget and considering bond for November ballot

Spokane Public Schools officials are looking ahead to next week, next year and the next decade as they assemble a $436 million budget for next year.


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 10:53 a.m.

Durham offering $4K signing bonus, $17 an hour to entice new school bus drivers

There’s never been a better time to get behind the wheel of a school bus in Spokane.


Teaching kindergarten 32 years at Sheridan Elementary has been ‘absolutely perfect’

On the second to last day of school, kindergarten teacher Melissa Cote sat in her nearly empty classroom at Sheridan Elementary School and took stock of her 35-year career in …


Big ideas lead to tiny house project at Spokane’s Community School

The secret is out: Community School is a place for new ideas and innovation


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 10:40 p.m.

Safety top issue at Spokane School Board meeting

Spokane Public Schools must move immediately to devote more resources to mental health counseling, its governing body was told Wednesday night.


Retiring teacher Mike Cantlon has been a gift to Spokane’s gifted students

After almost four decades as a teacher, Mike Cantlon still doesn’t have all the answers. But he does know the right questions – provocative, open-ended ones that bring out the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

No-Li Brewery gives Rogers High School $12,000 for new football uniforms

Rogers High School has a lot to celebrate these days, and a Spokane brewery is helping.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Shooting threats prompt schools to weigh risks, notifications and lockdowns

Spokane Public Schools officials take every social media shooting threat seriously. But serious enough to close school or order a lockdown? That’s a tougher call.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Salk Middle School ‘running normally’ after posted threat

The routine at Salk Middle School was barely affected by a potential shooting threat posted on social media, principal Peter Elzey said Friday morning.


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 10:49 a.m.

Proposed sex ed curriculum for Spokane schools ‘at step one’ in revised development process

Spokane Public Schools officials hope to have a sex education curriculum in place for middle-schoolers before the end of the year.


Homeless but not hopeless: Spokane high school students overcome the odds

Hundreds of high school students in Spokane are trying to beat homelessness as they try to build a better future. For the past four years, Spokane Public Schools has been …


Lewis and Clark strives to regain balance after shooting threat rattled families and led to students missing school

Like their students, local school officials are trying to finish strong. At Lewis and Clark High School on Thursday, the staff was craving normalcy. A day earlier, the school was …


UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Felony charges expected against student accused of threatening to shoot up Lewis and Clark High School

Spokane police will seek criminal charges against an LC student suspected of making threats of a school shooting that gripped the downtown high school this week.


Transition programs offer post-graduation life skills

June is a special time of year for all graduates, and that includes the students graduating from Spokane Public Schools’ Secondary Transition Program for disabled students.


Paid job just Project Search student Aries Barry’s first step in drive for independence

After several successful internships, Project Search graduate Aries Barry has achieved the first of many goals by landing a paid job in the kitchen at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute.


Community School senior: Mom made her strong and mom’s doctor inspired her career choice

India Smith defines herself as someone who plans to change the world in one way or another. As a young African-American woman, Smith has faced adversity her entire life. However, …


Flexible schedule in homeschooling made a difference, TEC at Bryant senior Joseph Greenburg says

For most middle and high schoolers, their day consists of waking up at 6 a.m., going to school for seven hours five days a week, then returning home to crank …