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More than 100 students apply to Eastern’s new nursing program as demand for health workers soars

More than 100 students applied for 40 seats in Eastern Washington University's new four-year nursing program's upper division classes that start in August. In 2022, the state Legislature funded $6.1 million for EWU to expand to a full four-year program. Leaders cited the need to train more nurses, as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened shortages. But other issues that limit admitting more students to regional BSN programs include faculty recruitment and hospital training availability, educators say.
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‘Is that a robot?’ Tower gardens growing in Spokane Public Schools teach STEM, practical skills

UPDATED: Sun., March 12, 2023

The goal is to develop an interest in plant life and water conservation in areas where it's difficult to maintain a traditional garden in Spokane, said Scott Kerwien, executive director of student success at the district. The tower gardens have the added benefit of pushing students to learn practical skills with their hands, rather than reading out of textbooks, and teachers at Yasuhara have employed the new teaching tool in different ways tailored to students based on their needs. 
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Central Valley provides notices to dozens of teachers their contracts may not be renewed amid 2023-2024 budget talks

The verbal notification is the start of a budget process that won't be finalized until after the state Legislature completes its work funding schools across the state later this spring, said district officials and the head of the union for Central Valley teachers. It's the second time in the past several years the district, which serves roughly 14,500 students, has notified some of its teachers on provisional contracts they may not be rehired due to financial constraints. 
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Spokane Public Schools switches bus provider for 2023-2024 school year

California-based Zum Services Inc. was awarded a new, five-year contract by the Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors on Wednesday night, worth $71.8 million. Zum, founded in 2014 and worth more than $1 billion, was selected over Durham School Services, which has been providing transportation services for the district since the 2008-2009 school year. The district has contracted with private companies to provide busing services since the mid-1970s.

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