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UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 4:51 p.m.

Idaho schools try new tactics to combat teacher shortage

Desperate for candidates, many south-central Idaho school districts are recruiting more aggressively. And the struggle is more pronounced in rural towns, which have to compete with larger school districts on …


Richland near the head of the class for teachers, says website

Richland is one of the best cities for teachers to move to based on their salary and what it costs to live there, according to a consumer financial website.


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Ain’t a big surprise – May 31, 1993


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Teacher qualifications, May 28, 1924


Study: School system more likely to hire whites than blacks

Virginia’s largest school system is far more likely to hire a white teacher applicant than an African-American, according to a study by professors at George Mason University.


Jim Kowalkowski: Legislature should retain equitable teacher funding tools

The SAM and the staff mix work to provide each district with enough funding to cover the base salary of a teacher, regardless of the experience or education level of …


Million-dollar teachers: Cashing in by selling their lessons

Miss Kindergarten is in the million-dollar club. So are Lovin Lit, the Moffatt Girls and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into …


UPDATED: Sun., March 19, 2017, 4:49 p.m.

Canadian wins $1M global teacher prize for work with Inuit

A Canadian school teacher who encourages hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize Sunday in what has become one of the …


Test meant to screen teachers instead weeded out minorities

New York education officials are poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers, in part because an outsized percentage …


Forgive loans for rural teachers?

BOISE – A bill intended to help rural school districts attract and retain quality teachers was introduced in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 6:15 p.m.

Dog walkers will be more in demand than teachers in aging U.S.

Memo to job-seekers: You’ve probably got more of a chance walking dogs for a living than teaching kids in the coming decade’s labor market.


Be smart about class-size funding

Lawmakers did shrink K-3 class sizes, which is where research shows it does the most good. The benefits wane in the upper grades, so there are smarter ways to spend …


Guns in schools: Colorado school district to allow teachers to arm themselves

A rural Colorado school district decided to allow its teachers and other school staff to carry guns on campus to protect students.


Audit: Teacher assessments are playing hooky

When it meets Thursday, Idaho’s State Board of Education will discuss next steps after an audit showed 99 percent of teacher assessments from the 2014-15 school year were incomplete, late …


Chicago teachers, district reach tentative deal; no strike

Chicago teachers and the nation’s third-largest school district struck a tentative deal on a new contract late Monday, averting what would have been the second major strike since 2012 for …


UI to use grant to study online courses for rural teachers

Teachers in rural areas will be able to advance their math education through online courses and video coaching under a $2.8 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to the University …


Chicago lays off almost 500 teachers, another 500 school-based workers

Chicago Public Schools is laying off almost 500 teachers and another 500 school-based staff members, the district said Friday. The teachers being laid off will be eligible to apply for …


Saint Martin’s University fights faculty unionization efforts

Saint Martin’s University is asking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a stay in the certification of a recent unionization vote by members of its non-tenured faculty.


Idaho board OKs master teacher pay bonuses

Experienced teachers in Idaho looking for a bonus will have to show their work just like their students under a new plan recently adopted by the Idaho State Board of …


Opinions from past add perspective

Editorial topics include World War I and Germany, Idaho colleges, treatment of soldiers’ families and merit pay for teachers


Parents complain about handcuffing of elementary students

Angry parents are demanding action after they say at least five students were handcuffed at a Middle Tennessee elementary school for not stopping an off-campus fight.


Chicago teachers to strike over contract, budget

Thousands of Chicago teachers plan to walk off the job for one day on Friday, shutting down schools in the nation’s third-largest district.


Teacher pay raise in House supplemental budget

House Democrats in Washington have released their supplemental budget proposal, which would close several tax exemptions to pay for the salary increases of public school teachers.


Washington Legislature: What’s alive, dead?

Nearing the halfway point of the 60-day Washington legislative session, here are some other bills that still can pass, and others that appear to be dead.


Reducing state teacher shortage aim of new bill

The Washington House has passed a bill that seeks to increase the number of public school teachers in the state, in response to a perceived shortage.


Spokane educators vote to go on strike

Spokane Public Schools employees on Friday voted to strike just four days after school starts next week. But the Spokane Education Association, which represents the workers, has not abandoned negotiations.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 28, 2015, 9:50 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools employees vote to strike if agreement not reached in a week

Employees of Spokane Public Schools have voted to go out on strike beginning Friday, Sept. 4, only days after the first day of school on Monday.


Shawn Vestal: Students who need teachers most are least likely to get higher-skilled ones

There’s a lot of research in education that suggests the single most important factor in students’ academic success is the teacher. And there’s a growing amount of research suggesting the …


Board of Education endorses pay ladder for Idaho teachers

BOISE – Idaho’s state Board of Education has unanimously endorsed legislation to set up a “career ladder” for Idaho teachers, phasing in substantial pay increases if teachers meet performance standards. …


Program takes byte out of gender gap

A wall and at least one generation separated two groups of students learning computer programming skills in Coeur d’Alene this week. In one classroom, 26 middle school girls took some …