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Bigger, more extensive Spokane dog park planned for South Hill

The ongoing partnership between the city and Spokane Public Schools may produce a bigger and better dog park, with longer trails and less conflict with neighbors.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

Spokane Public Schools planning to reduce staffing through attrition to pay for teacher raises

After delivering large pay raises for teachers and other staff, Spokane Public Schools administrators are now looking to shrink the size of its workforce.


Walking School Bus helps Spokane children get to school and instills confidence

Thanks to dozens of volunteers, the Walking School Bus helps young children – those who live too close to school for a conventional bus ride – find their way safely …


Buzz kill: Spokane schools trying to discourage students from ‘energy’ drinks

Like coffee and pop, any Spokane fifth-grader can buy caffeinated drinks legally at any supermarket or quick stop, no questions asked.


North Central’s Myah Rodriguez pursuing her own history after beating cancer

North Central High School student Myah Rodriguez overcame childhood cancer to become a leader with a bright future.


Teens in Spokane County are vaping more, while smoking and drinking less

Almost one in six teens in Spokane County uses e-cigarettes. At the same time, teen use of alcohol and cigarettes has declined dramatically.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:17 a.m.

In many Spokane County schools, about 30 percent of students are chronically absent

Around the nation, this is Attendance Awareness Month – not that educators in Spokane need any reminding. In the Spokane Public Schools last year, chronic absenteeism – defined as missing …


For school systems, McCleary decision gave with one hand and took with the other

The irony isn’t lost on the state’s school districts, teachers and the public they serve: that the $2 billion windfall created by the landmark McCleary court decision has reaped a …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Central Valley School District teachers vote overwhelmingly to approve now contract

Central Valley School District teachers moved swiftly and decisively to approve a new salary contract Friday afternoon.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 6:40 a.m.

Full-day kindergarten starts fifth year in Spokane Public Schools

On Wednesday morning at Cooper Elementary School, new kindergartners brought their essential supplies, all stuffed in their backpacks. So did their parents – straight from a tissue box.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Central Valley teachers and administrators to meet Monday on pay increases

After Spokane Public Schools and the Mead School District agreed this week to large pay raises for their teachers, the teachers union for Central Valley School District hopes to get …


With fire trucks and high-fives, Roosevelt Elementary opens for first day of school

At Roosevelt Elementary, the first day of school was as shiny and new as a fire truck.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Spokane teachers ratify new contract, agree to average salary increases of 13.3 percent

Capping a first day of school like no other, Spokane Public Schools teachers ratified a new contract Thursday night that will raise their salaries by an average of 13.3 percent.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 4:12 p.m.

Spokane air quality worsened, then improved Thursday morning as students return to school

After days of easy breathing, Spokane’s air dipped into unhealthy ranges Thursday morning just as kids returned to school for the year.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

With new raises in employee contract, Spokane School Board agrees to spend more than it earns this school year

The budget approved by the Spokane School Board on Wednesday hints at wage increases in employee contract.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 8:31 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools teachers to vote on salary agreement Thursday

For the teachers and classified staff in the Spokane Public Schools district, today should be a rewarding day.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 11:15 a.m.

Spokane teachers and school board reach salary deal

After weeks of talks and four days of mediated negotiations, Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane Education Association reached a tentative agreement Tuesday night on a new contract.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Spokane teachers and district continue negotiations for higher pay

Following a 14-hour session on Monday night, representatives for Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane Education Association were back at the negotiating table Tuesday morning with the aim of reaching …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Mead teachers set to receive 16 percent pay raises

Mead teachers are set to receive pay raises of between 15 percent to 16 percent this year.


The ABCs of the new school year

Back to school means more than books. It’s about new programs, new facilities, new faces and new issues. Throughout the Inland Northwest, students, parents and educators have much to look …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Weekend negotiations bring teachers’ union, SPS a little closer to resolution

After two more days of “frustrating” contract talks with Spokane Public Schools, the head of the region’s largest teachers’ union hesitated Sunday to predict what will happen next.


Front & Center: Staff, students feed his love for job

Doug Wordell, Spokane Public Schools Nutrition Services director, discusses how today’s cafeteria fare differs from what he grew up with in Spokane 40 years ago.


School starts for most kids next week – here’s what to know for the transition

On a warm Wednesday afternoon at Riverfront Park, parents were soaking in the sun while their children were getting soaked in the Rotary Fountain. Just feet away at the Looff …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:02 p.m.

Spokane teachers urge school board to give $28 million in pay raises

Teachers turned up in large numbers and turned up the volume Wednesday night in their ongoing contract talks with the Spokane Public Schools district.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 8:37 p.m.

Schools urge families of asthmatic students to update records early

Spokane Public Schools picked the perfect time for an unofficial celebration of asthma awareness.


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.