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Washington teacher evaluation system threatens waivers

SEATTLE – Education will be a focus when the Washington Legislature convenes in January, but money won’t be the only issue on the table. Lawmakers must also bring the state’s …


Mead School District’s Riverpoint Academy looks to build endowment

Mead School District’s Riverpoint Academy can be described in one word: unconventional. That applies to the students, the classes, the equipment and, soon, a funding source.


Centennial’s meet and greet hopes to ease first-day issues

It’s every middle schooler’s worst nightmare. You show up on the first day and try to open your locker. It doesn’t work.


Levy passes, reversing school district’s cuts

Voters in the Plummer-Worley School District in North Idaho approved a two-year tax levy Tuesday that will enable school officials to restore funding for athletics, full-time kindergarten and five-day school …


Eye on Boise: Tom Luna’s school fund push stalls

BOISE – Political fireworks flew at the Idaho state Land Board last week, as, for the second time in five years, state schools Superintendent Tom Luna sought to boost the …


ESDs prove invaluable to small school districts

At a time when money for education remains tight, taxpayers are spending about a quarter-billion dollars each year on a little-known bureaucracy that operates between local schools and Olympia. Dozens …


School districts rely on substitute teachers

Susan Rodgers has substituted in K-12 classrooms in North Idaho for 30 years. Some days are spent working one-on-one with special education students; on other days she might be managing …


Thanks, teachers, but shut your traps

Once again, the mask of “educational reform” has slipped to reveal its real face: anger toward teachers. Anger toward teachers – always prefaced, conditioned, softened and front-loaded with B.S. – …


Education Notebook: St. George’s teacher wins grant

John Nord, a math teacher at St. George’s School, has won a $6,000 grant in the Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Travel Grant Program. Nord was one of 15 teachers awarded …


AD McKnight retiring after 39 years with West Valley School District

Wayne McKnight, 62, has been a fixture in the West Valley School District since before he began to teach. He’ll retire at the end of the school year. He attended …


Teachers union leads in state lobbying costs

SEATTLE – The Washington Education Association spends more on lobbying the Legislature than any other group and more than twice as much as the next-highest lobbying organization, a health care …


Education Notebook: ‘Dining Room’ opens tonight at LC

Lewis and Clark Tiger Drama will stage “The Dining Room,” beginning tonight. The show continues Friday and Saturday. All shows are at 7 p.m. in the LC auditorium, 521 W. …


Students, artists will honor teacher Marjory Halvorson

Marjory Halvorson began singing in grade school and she always knew she wanted to make singing her profession. Her family, however, wanted her to become a teacher. The long-time voice …


Former teacher pleads not guilty in sexual misconduct case

A former English teacher and girls’ track coach at Shadle Park High School pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of sexual misconduct with a former student. Court documents filed on …


EV continues K-8 transition

The East Valley School Board directed Superintendent John Glenewinkel to continue the transition to K-8 by moving the preschool and other programs to East Valley Middle School for the 2013-’14 …


St. Mark’s Lutheran preschool teacher departing after 31 years

Evelyn Nyholm’s first teaching job involved teaching elementary school music in 20-minute segments at seven different elementary schools, every week. The classrooms had no piano, she hauled around her own …


Teaching applications taken earlier at Spokane Schools

Kelsey Christensen loves her job teaching English language development at North Central High School. The trouble is, she has only a one-year contract with Spokane Public Schools and doesn’t know …


Riverside Elementary’s $10,000 long shot

Teacher Mindy Shaw entered a national contest on a whim to win $10,000 for Riverside Elementary School. She wrote a 300-word essay about the school’s aged computer lab, took a …


Education Notebook: Community invited to night of math

Spokane Public Schools officials are hosting math community nights to introduce new materials being considered for third- through eighth-grade students to community members. The materials are part of an update …


More states exploring move to arm teachers

A movement to arm teachers is gaining traction across the country in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting that killed 20 children and six adults. Free firearms safety training …


Teachers of blind honored as pioneers

VANCOUVER, Wash. – When Robin Lowell’s husband’s job required the family to move to Snoqualmie, 170 miles from Vancouver, Washington State School for the Blind retained Lowell and sought a …


Huge grant brings university students to Holmes Elementary

A $500,000 state grant will benefit those studying to become teachers at Whitworth and Gonzaga universities, as well as teachers and students at Holmes Elementary School in West Central. Spokane …


Visitors from Indonesia are a force for learning

A group of Indonesian teachers and principals visited Five Mile Prairie School last week to learn about nontraditional education. Traveling with the Friendship Force, an international exchange program, the 11 …


More Idaho teachers leave profession

BOISE — More Idaho teachers left the profession last year, but state officials say they’ve also certificated more educators. Data obtained today by The Associated Press shows about 1,800 teachers …


School Notes: Amaya wins Ignatian award for community service

Krysten Amaya, a junior at Gonzaga Prep, won the Ignatian Service Award, along with a letter in community service. Amaya has completed more than 200 hours of community service as …


HOPE School focuses on auditory development

For local children born with moderate to profound hearing loss, help learning to navigate a noisy world can be found at HOPE School. Located in the Health and Sciences Building …


Shawn Vestal: Hollow ring to education funding talk

School has started, just in time to ride the wave of our collective political pretense: Education is our top priority. That’s certainly the phrase to which everyone pays lip service. …


Education Notebook: G-Prep gets new science lab

Students at Gonzaga Prep will have a new science lab at the end of September thanks to a $220,240 grant from the E.L. Wiegand Foundation, which supports science, technology, engineering …


21 Idaho districts unilaterally set contracts for teachers

BOISE – At least 21 Idaho school districts are unilaterally imposing contract terms on teachers this week, after failing to reach agreement with local teachers unions – an option for …


Spokane Public Schools honors district retirees

Noralyn Johnson has spent 36 years in first grade in the Spokane Public Schools, and now she’s ready to move on. Last month Johnson was one of more than a …