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Neva Ringwald retires as CV’s human resources director after 46 years in education

Sometimes educators may not work directly with students, but have an affect on them nonetheless. As human resources director, Neva Ringwald, 70, helps to hire teachers for Central Valley School …


Spokane Public Schools avoids further cuts

Spokane Public Schools’ budget situation for the 2012-’13 school year is better than it has been in almost a decade, meaning there will be no layoff notices or agonizing decisions …


Rockin’ Art fundraiser for public schools this Friday

The Spokane Public Schools Foundation will hold its annual Rockin’ Art fundraiser Friday. Works of art created by students, teachers and local artists are on display and up for purchase. …


Orchard Prairie wins art, science grant

When Kirsten Schierman found a small online grant for an educational project that combined art with science, the Orchard Prairie art and kindergarten teacher knew she had to apply. She …


Redinger chosen as new schools superintendent

A Virginia school administrator with deep ties to Eastern Washington will be the next superintendent for Spokane Public Schools. The school board decided on Shelley Redinger Saturday morning, school officials …


Spokane couple providing learning foundation in Malawi

Most classrooms in Spokane County look the same. Walk in and you’ll see rows of desks and chairs, a whiteboard, stacks of textbooks and cups filled with pencils. But when …


Education Notebook: Fifth-grader wins poster contest

Megan Anderson, a fifth-grader at Springdale Elementary School, was chosen to represent Washington state with her poster in the national Bring Our Missing Children Home art contest. This is the …


School worker pool won Mega Millions jackpot

BALTIMORE — Two public school teachers and a school administrator are sharing the spoils of last month’s record Mega Millions jackpot, planning trips to Europe, new homes and a daughter’s …


Education Notebook: National honor for All Saints teacher

Kolleen Murray, a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at All Saints Catholic School, 3510 E. 18th Ave., recently received the 2012 Distinguished Teacher Award from the National Catholic Educational Association. In …


Education Notebook: Orchestra concert, fashion show at Mead

The Mead High School Orchestra will celebrate friendship and love at the second annual Musical Heart Strings event on Friday at Mead High School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The …


Schools notebook: Educators accorded honors

John Hagney, a teacher at Lewis and Clark High School since 1981, was named the Educational Service District 101 region’s Teacher of the Year. The award makes him a candidate …


Education Notes: Students hold fundraiser for burn victim

Students at Madison Elementary School showed how much they care for classmate Snezhana Dedkov by competing against one another to raise money for her. In October, Snezhana was in an …


School officials object to proposed state cuts

OLYMPIA – School officials from across Washington urged legislators to reject plans to cut four days out of the school year or reduce payments designed to help poor districts keep …


Washington stays near the top in board-certified teachers

Washington state has the second-most teachers in the nation who earned national board certification this year.


Teachers union backs Inslee for governor

SEATTLE – The state’s largest teachers union endorsed U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee for governor after Attorney General Rob McKenna backed out of plans to speak to the organization’s leadership on …


Student gains, teacher’s school linked, study says

SEATTLE – The academic progress of public school students can be traced, in part, to where their teachers went to college, according to new research by the University of Washington …


U-Hi teacher receives jail term

University High School teacher Michael Cronin was placed on paid administrative leave in August and has been sentenced to serve nearly a year in jail after being found guilty of …


Negotiators reach deal to end Tacoma teachers strike

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Negotiators have reached a deal to end a teachers strike that forced the cancellation of more than a week of school in Tacoma.


New education strategies endorsed

The challenge of preparing workers for jobs 20 to 40 years from now requires a “blended” approach combining technology and hands-on involvement by innovative teachers, says Mark David Milliron, an …


Shawn Vestal: Teachers ignored in education reform

If you want to “fix schools,” apparently, there’s one group of people you should ignore. Teachers.


West Valley High teacher spends summers as rafting guide

AFLOAT THE CLARK FORK, Mont. – The walls of Kyle Brock’s office are 200 feet high, the ceiling sky-blue, and there’s running water – about 4,000 cubic feet of it …


Penberthy retires from WV career of championing the underdog

After almost 40 years in education, Cleve Penberthy, 63, principal at Contract Based Education, is retiring from the West Valley School District. Penberthy has come full circle in his career …


Linda Carper retires after 31 years at EV

Linda Carper has been a ninth grade English teacher and a middle school librarian in the East Valley School District. After 36 years in education, she will retire at the …


Sherry Johnson has seen many changes in business education

Business education in schools has gone through many changes during the past 35 years. Students learned to type on typewriters when Sherry Johnson started her teaching career. She’s retiring after …


Skeffington-Gretsch retires after 29 years in Spokane schools

When Peggy Skeffington-Gretsch was growing up, first in Spokane and later in California, she somehow always knew she wanted to be a music teacher. And when Cooper Elementary School’s bell …


2011 Spokane Public schools retirees

Adams Elementary Cathy Hawley, teacher, 17 years of service


100 Spokane teachers receiving recall notices

Spokane Public Schools recalled 100 teachers Monday after the school board decided to not increase class size in the elementary grades. Of the 238 employees who received pink slips in …


Eye on Boise: Teachers union finds Luna losing support

BOISE – The Idaho Education Association has released partial results of a statewide poll it commissioned both last year and this year, showing that likely voters in Idaho continue to …


District classes will get bigger

The Spokane school board voted 4-1 Wednesday to temporarily raise class sizes by up to three students. The move, when coupled with adjustments for enrollment declines, will result in the …


Editorial: Teacher incentives should be refocused

Four years ago, the Washington Legislature adopted what sounded like a smart reform: reward teachers who pursue an enhanced certification and give them a cash bonus to work at the …