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News >  Spokane

Schools Due Pay For Sending Children To Medicaid Services

School employees who help poor students get federal aid can now collect money for Spokane School District 81. The school board agreed this week to contract with the state Department of Social and Health Services, which will reimburse the district for linking students and their families with Medicaid services. Counselors, school nurses - and even principals and teachers - can earn reimbursement for the district by referring children for services such as counseling, health insurance, and doctor and dental visits.
News >  Spokane

City Fourth-Graders Flunk New Tests, Too Spokane’s Scores Slightly Below Poor State Average

Spokane fourth-graders who took the state's new assessments scored about the same as kids across Washington - poorly. Only 21 percent met or exceeded standards in math, and fewer than half achieved reading and writing standards. Students fared best in listening, where 62 percent met standards. Overall, that's slightly lower than the state averages, which Gov. Gary Locke and state education Superintendent Terry Bergeson nervously released last week.
News >  Spokane

Failure Is Not An Option District 81 Gets Tough With Students Busy With Activities

1. Give me an 'A'. North Central cheerleaders practice a routine after school Tuesday. District 81 has toughened standards for student taking part in extracurricular activities. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 2. North Central football players Bryan Moffitt, left, and Tony Beggs work on geomerty Tuesday in the school library. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review
News >  Nation/World

Parents To Get List Of What Student Should Learn

Thousands of Spokane parents will watch their kids disappear behind school doors tomorrow. But what's going on there doesn't need to be a mystery. For the first time, District 81's elementary school teachers will send home detailed lists of what students are expected to learn in the next nine months.
News >  Nation/World

Schools Rethinking Literature Choices Controversial Classics ‘Mockingbird,’ ‘Huck Finn’ Could Become Optional

Mon Ra Muse, a graduate of Lewis and Clark High School and now studying social work at Eastern Washingotn University, remembers discomfort and tension from racial depictions in novels such as "Huckleberry Finn" and "To Kill A Mockingbird." He is glad Spokane School District 81 is considering making such works optional reading for students. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review
News >  Spokane

Federal Grant Will Expand Educational TV Network

A Spokane educational television network will expand with help from a $10 million federal grant awarded Friday. Educational Service District 101 plans to use the money from the U.S. Department of Education to produce science and foreign language courses for elementary and middle school students. It's the second $10 million grant the district has received in just over a year.
News >  Nation/World

Peers Toughest Part Of School, Survey Finds For District 81 Students, Lack Of Respect For Each Other Outweighs Safety As A Concern

Kids feel fairly safe in Spokane schools. It's just that they don't get much respect at least not from each other. Most high school students would talk to a counselor if they had a problem. But if they saw a weapon on campus, most likely they'd head to class like nothing happened. Those are among the messages students are sending School District 81 administrators in a recent "school climate" survey.
News >  Spokane

Board Votes For Greater Choice In Education Full-Time Magnet School, Increased Bus Routes Mark $203 Million Budget

More money for gifted education. Additional bus routes. A higher bill for driver's ed students. Those are among the many changes reflected in a $203 million spending plan the Spokane School Board unanimously approved Wednesday. A full-time magnet school for gifted fifth- and sixth-graders will cost District 81 $62,000 more than the existing one-day-a-week program.
News >  Spokane

District 81 Preparing Bond Issue

A $70 million plan to improve Spokane public schools with every thing from new computers to dramatic renovations is a step closer to reality. School board members asked administrators Wednesday for a detailed cost analysis of each project. If they approve the wish list, taxpayers would likely see a bond issue on the ballot next February or March.
News >  Washington Voices

New Nc Principal Hired

Michael McGuire, assistant principal at Rogers High School, will become principal at North Central High School next fall. McGuire will replace Sandra Fink, who retired this year.