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Mary Lee McJimsey: Education’s focus should be on students’ needs, not ‘system’

We owe it to our children, and to the social and economic health of our state, to pay more attention to what students need and less on what “the system” …


Spokane school district proposes shorter Fridays and larger class sizes as budget cuts loom

Budget cuts and layoffs at Spokane Public Schools may mean that students are let out of school 75 minutes early every Friday to give teachers weekly preparation and planning time.


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 11:08 a.m.

Schools in low-income neighborhoods will shoulder most teacher layoffs

As Spokane Public Schools deals with a $31 million budget deficit next year, tough layoff conversations were held across the district last week. However, the cuts fell like a machete …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 6:38 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: School layoffs and renewed push for higher local taxes show school funding far from fixed

After our local school district has revealed it will lay off hundreds of employees if it is not rescued – now, somehow, we are again considering the very money-generating mechanism …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 8:41 a.m.

High number of layoffs at Rogers High School shows ongoing disparity among city’s schools

As if they needed another one, the students in Hillyard are getting a tough lesson in economics.


Mikayla Fox: Teachers are worth much more than test scores

325. That is the number of staff members within just Spokane Public Schools who were told on Wednesday that they were being laid off. I am a freshman at North …


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 6:52 a.m.

$60,000 awarded to Spokane’s brightest high school seniors

Twenty-four high school seniors took home awards from $1,000 to $4,000 in six categories.


Washington Legislature into the final push to decide money for schools as pressure mounts

Legislature facing pressure over school funding as it moves toward a deal on the 2019-21 general operating budget.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

School libraries targeted as Spokane Public Schools issues layoff notices

On Thursday, every librarian in Spoke Public Schools received notice that their jobs will be eliminated next year. Those with less experience will probably be laid off this summer, as …


UPDATED: Sat., April 13, 2019, 11:27 a.m.

Spokane schools issues 325 layoff notices amid budget shortfall

One of every 12 employees at Spokane Public Schools could lose their job before the next school year.


Spokane Public Schools approves budget priorities as funding from Legislature remains up in the air

Facing the possibility of staff cutbacks this fall, the Spokane Public Schools board of directors tried to reaffirm Wednesday night that next year’s budget will prioritize basic education.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 11:16 a.m.

Future Spokane middle schools: More glass, light, academic ‘neighborhoods’ envisioned

Spokane Public Schools officials have met with an architecture firm to continue the hard work of designing six new middle school buildings by 2024 that are geared toward learning for …


Chase Youth Awards celebrate students’ audacity, leadership among their peers

On Thursday night, Spokane celebrated the audacity of youth.


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

School board’s ‘procedural step’ lays groundwork for staff reductions under looming budget cuts

While hoping for the best from Olympia, the Spokane Public Schools board is preparing for the worst in the face of a projected $43.5 million reduction in levy revenue.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 6:35 a.m.

Staff reductions looming at Spokane, Mead and West Valley school districts following pay raises, change in funding

A shift in the tax burden from local districts to Olympia, paired with wage hikes to teachers last fall, has several local school districts declaring financial hardship as they’re planning …


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 9:41 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Girls’ school uniforms proposed

A parent concerned about girls arriving to school in attire not warm enough for the weather and in too-high heels proposed girls wear uniforms at Spokane public schools.


Report: Gifted programs at Spokane Public Schools need work

An 84-page report released in January identified several improvements for Spokane Public Schools’ organized programs available to highly capable students, including schedule changes, increased communication between teachers and parents and …


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Washington bill would allow parents to give students marijuana extract drugs on public school grounds

The bill, which has been introduced twice before in the Washington Legislature, is intended to allow students with a documented condition treated by marijuana to receive the drug on campuses, …


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Suspect in Lewis and Clark High School threats case is released again on bond

After a weekend in jail, 18-year-old Ryan Lee – the former student accused three separate times of threatening to shoot students at Lewis and Clark High School – is again …


Rogers High School leadership club cooks up confidence

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national career and technical student organization that attempts to provide personal growth, leadership development and career preparation opportunities for students. At …


Report: More work needed on safety, discipline in Spokane schools

Spokane Public Schools is failing to connect with minority students on the subject of safety and discipline, board members were reminded this past week.They also were confronted with numbers suggesting …


Records detail fight at Ferris High School that led to resource officer’s resignation

It all started over a tattoo and a pair of sneakers. Records released this past week by Spokane Public Schools reveal what started the Jan. 24 altercation that prompted a …


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 7:46 a.m.

Suspect in social media threats against Lewis and Clark out of jail as parents post $100,000 cash bond; attorney claims no evidence of wrongdoing

Ryan Lee, accused twice of making social media threats against students at Lewis and Clark High School out of jail, His attorney claims police arrested the wrong guy.


Spokane Public Schools opens online ‘thought exchange’ for input on McCleary fix

The McCleary fix needs more fixing, and the state has yet to figure out a solution.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 8:39 a.m.

Students at this Spokane elementary school find peace of mind by stretching their bodies

Take a deep breath and consider this: Perhaps the most innovative pilot program at Spokane Public Schools is commanded by a captain who tells his audience to reach for the …


Wage hikes, access put squeeze on child care

The network of quality child care in Spokane and beyond is fraying at the edges. Some call it a national crisis. For providers in Washington state, higher minimum wages costs …


Spokane Public Schools takes imaginative approach to new middle school designs

Five years from now, expect to see a bigger budget for window cleaners at Spokane Public Schools. The vision for middle schools took flight this week, and it’s a transparent …


Shawn Vestal: ‘Bribes’ to opt out of sex ed are a lousy use of federal dollars

Let me get this straight: Federal funding is being used to pay $20 “rewards” to Spokane teenagers who skip sex-ed courses and take an online abstinence course instead?


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

With help from federal grant, group urges parents to opt-out of Spokane Public Schools sex ed curriculum in favor of abstinence-based concept

Even in the chill of winter, the subject of sex education will stoke a few fires.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Adults and students may soon use the same Spokane libraries at schools

When it comes to the future of libraries in Spokane, civic leaders aren’t going by the book – they’re writing a new one. It’s been a great read so far. …