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News >  Nation/World

Held Back Staying In The Loop Program Gives Teacher More Years With Students

1. During his after-school study class at Longfellow Elementary, third-grader Pheng Phimmasone, 8, smiles at teacher Ayako Tanaka after correctly solving a math problem. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 2. Judy Payne and her third-graders at Lake Spokane Elementary have been together ever since first grade, a concept which may help struggling kids keep up. 3. On the last day of Extended Day class at Longfellow Elementary, Amanda Salazar lists what she liked about the special class. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

News >  Nation/World

Going Beyond Real Alternative School Graduates Familiar With Real World

1. Holly Doughty, 17, hugs her cat, Willis, at her apartment in Cheney. On Thursday, Doughty will graduate from Spokane's REAL School, a milestone in her journey from street life to college. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review 2. A group of students at the REAL School, including Justin Licata, center, and Doughty, behind him, leaf through a card game that teaches history. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review
News >  Spokane

Husand Kills Wife, Then Self North Side Man Shot Wife Of 54 Years In Front Of Granddaughter

When Courtney Hargrave, 15, heard the first loud bang Monday night, she found her grandmother on the floor, a dining room chair shoved over her. The second bang came moments later, Courtney said, when her 83-year-old grandfather shot the woman. "I watched him shoot her once," said Courtney, dabbing her eyes with wet fingertips. "Then I ran out the back door and jumped over the fence."
News >  Spokane

School Bus Left Injured Girl, Suit Says Parents Sue School District 81, Ambulance Firm, Bus Company

A north Spokane couple has filed a lawsuit claiming a school bus driver left their 10-year-old daughter at a bus stop after she broke her hip. Caitlin McGinty, who slipped on gravel and fell while waiting for the school bus last year, ended up in a body cast with pins in her left hip. Ambulance workers who arrived at the bus stop also left without transporting the girl, according to the lawsuit filed May 16 in Spokane County Superior Court.
News >  Spokane

Teacher Allowed Back In Class Was On Paid Leave After Taking Students Home To Bake Cookies

A Spokane schoolteacher who was placed on paid leave after she took students to her house to bake Valentine's cookies is back on the job. Susan Francis told school officials she took two Sacajawea Middle School students home Feb. 13 to demonstrate a unit on measurement. They were involved in a minor traffic accident on the way. She was recently allowed to return to work, although investigative records made public this week conclude the trip "lacked any positive purpose or educational value."
News >  Spokane

Schools To Put Kids On Early Career Track School-To-Work Plan Starts In Middle School, With Classes Based On Choices By Junior Year

A plan to get students more involved in the working world won unanimous approval Wednesday night from the Spokane School Board. Children will begin focusing on specific careers as early as middle school and select classes based on those choices by the time they're juniors. Teachers will venture into the business community more, too, not just for field trips but to find out how best to prepare students for jobs and careers.
News >  Spokane

Shadle Park Teacher On Leave After Student Struck

A Shadle Park High School teacher is on administrative leave with pay after hitting a student, district officials said. The incident happened when Charles F. Bailey was "encouraging" students to move from the hallway into an assembly already under way last week, District 81 spokeswoman Laurine Jue said.
News >  Idaho

Show Goes On After Deputy Spots Stolen Sea World Props In Car Trunk

When Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Tim Downing spotted a jar of seal teeth in a burglary suspect's car Tuesday, he thought he'd stumbled onto witchcraft. Instead, he rescued prized props for a Sea World show that hundreds of Spokane and North Idaho schoolchildren will see this week.
News >  Nation/World

Updated School, New Computers Atop Wish List School District 81 Hopes To Sell $67 Million Bond Issue To Taxpayers

FROM FOR THE RECORD (Wednesday, April 16, 1997): Correction Proposed costs for upgrading computer technology in Spokane District 81 schools range from $989,000 for Ferris High School to $96,000 for Wilson Elementary School. Several portable classrooms would cost $800,000. A story in Tuesday's Spokesman-Review about a proposed $67 million school bond issue inclueded some incorrect figures.
News >  Nation/World

Turning Street Kids Into School Kids Truancy Officers Find Skipping School Is Often Least Of Kids’ Problems

1. Truancy worker Keith Jones hands the phone to a teen so he can talk to his mom. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review 2. Two youths who skipped class await the arrival of their parents after being picked up by police and taken to the truancy center. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review 3. "You've missed 19 days already this semester," Kathe Renner says to a youth while on the phone to his parents. 4. Officer Stacey Carr prepares to transport a teen to the center after finding him hanging out at the STA Plaza.
News >  Nation/World

Schools To Open Monday Despite Spring Break Blues

The superintendent prefers kindergarten. The teachers union president will teach anything but knitting and music. Spokane School District 81 administrators are ready to fill in for teachers who might be mysteriously absent Monday, the ice storm makeup day scheduled during spring break week.
News >  Spokane

Region’s Fourth-Graders To Take More Complex Assessment Tests More Expensive And Time-Consuming, But More In-Depth Results Anticipated

Thousands of Eastern Washington fourth-graders will soon be among the first students in the state to take dramatically different assessment tests. They can no longer just guess "C" when they don't know an answer. Questions aren't all multiple choice. They can't simply darken circles with a No. 2 pencil. Some questions now call for short essays.