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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 5:53 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools could downsize, replace Joe Albi Stadium

Spokane Public Schools is considering options to build three new middle schools, and one plan could potentially bring a new high school sports stadium to downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:08 a.m.

‘Piggyback Bandit’ spotted at Mead, North Central high schools

The so-called “Piggyback Bandit” has returned to Spokane.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 10:26 p.m.

3 Spokane middle schools awarded grant aimed at helping low-income further their education

Three Spokane middle schools received a federal grant designed to help low-income students continue their education after high school.


1,191 cases of suspension or expulsion in Spokane Public Schools in first 60 days

There have been 1,191 cases of suspension or expulsion in Spokane Public Schools during first 60 school days.


Spokane students to be released early Friday

Spokane Public Schools students will be released 1 hour and 15 minutes early Friday, Dec. 1.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 9:55 a.m.

Syrian refugees struggled to communicate until they learned American Sign Language at Ferris High School

Three deaf Syrian children have gone most of their lives without language, their education truncated by years of turmoil and flight. Now they are beginning to learn their first comprehensive …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

Critics question Spokane Public Schools’ rejection of proposed sex education curriculum

Community members questioned the Spokane Public Schools board of directors Wednesday about the district’s decision not to adopt a new, comprehensive middle school sex education plan.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools prepares to ask voters for levy in February

Spokane Public Schools will ask voters to approve a new, cheaper maintenance and operation levy in February’s special election.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 6:26 a.m.

Strengths, weaknesses identified in Spokane special education programs

A wide-ranging study of Spokane Public Schools special education programs revealed problems with communication, disability identification and noted the district’s high discipline rates for students with disabilities, among other things.


With changing times, Spokane’s marching bands fall out of step

Over the last 20 years each of Spokane’s five comprehensive high schools have either discontinued or drastically scaled back their marching band programs. What was once a staple of high …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Spokane schools won’t adopt Planned Parenthood sex education plan

Spokane Public Schools won’t adopt a divisive sex education curriculum, opting instead to hand-pick middle school lessons from multiple sources.


Iraqi refugee, North Central student, thrives in Spokane despite close call with President Trump’s travel ban

Farrah Faeq was just coming into her own in Spokane when President Donald Trump announced his first travel ban in early 2017.


Montana district hacked, threatened by foreign hacking collective offers lessons to Spokane-area schools

In a year when hackers infiltrated and stole from multinational corporations


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Incumbent Mike Wiser beats out challenger in Spokane Public Schools only contested board race

Incumbent school board member Mike Wiser beat challenger Jennifer Thomas in Spokane’s only contested board race.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

Three new middle schools planned as Spokane Public Schools prepares for sixth-grade influx

In anticipation of moving sixth grade students into middle school, Spokane Public Schools is looking to build three new middle schools.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 7:07 p.m.

Spike in Spokane schools discipline linked to turbulent year, school officials say

A new report on Spokane Public Schools discipline data shows a spike in suspensions and expulsions in the first 40 days of school.


Responding to teacher shortage, Washington schools look to expedite training

As schools face a nation-wide teacher shortage, Washington looks to certify para educators through expedited training.


Projected enrollment off by more 258 this year at Spokane Public Schools

A month into the new school year, Spokane Public Schools’ projected enrollment is off by 258 students.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 7:49 a.m.

In Spokane School Board race, it’s the hot-button issues that divide the candidates

Whoever becomes Spokane Public Schools newest board member will inherit a slough of thorny and difficult questions. And while both candidates running for that honor have similar goals and concerns, …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:01 p.m.

Spokane council and school board candidates talk issues during forum with three weeks left until election

Spokane city council and school board candidates mingled with voters, disagreed thoughtfully and learned a few things about the city they hope to represent at a candidate forum Tuesday evening.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 6:19 a.m.

Mandy Manning, Spokane educator for refugees and immigrants, named Washington state teacher of the year

Ferris High School teacher Mandy Manning was named the 2018 Washington State teacher of the year in September. Manning teaches English and math to refugee and immigrant students.


Spokane schools campus resource officers ask for guns

Some campus resource officers have asked Spokane Public Schools to train and arm them with guns. However, the proposal won’t go anywhere. At least not until the next scheduled bargaining …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 9:52 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools swears in newest board member

Spokane Public Schools newest board member was sworn in Wednesday.


Area schools respond, adapt to Freeman tragedy

Across the Spokane-region students met with school staff to start and try to process last week’s school shooting.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

Freeman shooting highlights difficulty of keeping schools secure

The events at Freeman High School last week represent the fundamental challenge of school security: balancing the public nature of schools with safety and security.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

Washington requires students, staff to train monthly for emergencies

The day before a Freeman High School shooting that killed one student and injured three others, the rural school district conducted a routine lockdown drill. The drills are required monthly …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 8:26 p.m.

Kids needs reassurance, empathy after Freeman High School shooting

In the wake of Wednesday’s shooting at Freeman High School, kids will be looking to their parents for reassurance and help making sense of the tragedy.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 9:42 a.m.

Former Fairchild Air Force Base commander joins Spokane school board

Brian Newberry, a former commander at Fairchild Air Force Base is Spokane’s newest school board member.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

Spokane school board draws closer to filling vacant seat

The Spokane Public Schools board of directors has narrowed their list of applicants for a vacant board seat to seven.


With heat and smoke blanketing region Spokane-area schools crank up the AC

With smoke draping the ground and hot, summer conditions persisting well into September, many schools are cranking up the AC this week.