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Editorial: Fewer plans for teachers could save state millions

As Washington state lawmakers work to close a difficult budget hole that will undoubtedly lead to hundreds of educators losing their jobs, they ought to closely read a report from …


House panel OKs bills trimming teacher bargaining rights, imposing merit pay

BOISE – Controversial bills to trim Idaho teachers’ collective bargaining rights and impose a merit pay plan cleared the House Education Committee on Thursday and headed to the full House …


Editorial: Idaho school reform plan starts talks for solutions

The reality is that Idaho needs to change its public school system after being hit last year with a $128.5 million budget cut. Gov. Butch Otter’s newest budget holds education …


Smart Bombs: Here’s a teachable moment

We’ve heard plenty about how public employees are to blame for budget deficits around the nation. It’s as if the Great Recession never happened, and instead public employee unions suddenly …


Idaho teachers in demand despite proposed cutbacks

BOISE – Job opportunities for teachers in Idaho are relatively good and, based on projections, will likely continue to be that way, educators and state officials said. A growing state …


Degree-based bonuses for teachers draw scrutiny

SEATTLE – Every year, American schools pay more than $8.6 billion in bonuses to teachers with master’s degrees, even though the idea that a higher degree makes a teacher more …


Reid garden intended to keep memory of EWU lab school alive

The memory of the lab school on the Eastern Washington University campus in Cheney will live on in a new garden. The Robert Reid Elementary Lab School didn’t only teach …


Teacher tribute

‘At the age of 11, I entered Bill Javane’s sixth grade. I was short, timid, anxious. My teacher opened my eyes to the world and to my own powers in …


Retired Coeur d’Alene teachers co-author second whodunit

Three retired Coeur d’Alene High School English teachers who have collaborated on two murder mystery novels say they followed Mark Twain’s advice to “write what you know.” The one exception: …


Spokane teacher of Year honors go to three

Three teachers in Spokane Public Schools have been honored as Teacher of the Year. Dorene Brown, a teacher at Rogers High School, was named the Washington State ProStart Teacher of …


School salaries ruling nullified

SEATTLE – Variation in the way Washington teachers and other school staff are paid does not pose a constitutional problem, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In overturning a King …


Wash. Supreme Court overturns school salary ruling

Variation in the way Washington teachers and other school staff are paid does not pose a constitutional problem, the Washington Supreme Court ruled today.


Longtime Spokane Education Association leader discusses state of local schooling

Maureen Ramos has been in the classroom for 45 years. The 66-year-old teacher will be retiring this year, after spending the past eight years asking hard questions as the president …


WV gives 26 teachers bad news

The full information on what budget cuts the West Valley School District will make to cover its $1.2 million shortfall aren’t known yet, but the district did announce at this …


Wash. school districts laying off teachers

School districts across Washington are giving teachers layoff warning notices to cut spending plans.


Obama, taking on unions, backs teacher merit pay

President Barack Obama embraced merit pay for teachers Tuesday in spelling out a vision of education that will almost certainly alienate union backers.