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Spokane schools face $5.6 million budget shortfall

Spokane schools are facing a $5.6 million budget shortfall this school year. The deficit, according to Spokane Public Schools district spokesman Kevin Morrison is due to the Spokane Education Association's threatened strike at the beginning of the school year.

Spokane teachers approve May 27 strike

Spokane Public Schools teachers and staff voted Wednesday to have a one-day walkout on May 27 to protest a lack of state funding for schools. More than 65 percent of nearly 2,500 Spokane Education Association members cast yes votes. All schools and work sites turned in ballots.

Salaries holding steady for top school administrators

Top leaders at Washington’s second-largest school district will not receive a pay raise for the fourth year in a row. Spokane Public Schools’ board still is scarred from a public scolding in 2010 when all top administrators received pay increases from 3 percent to 18 percent in the midst of a recession. The board voted unanimously this week to hold wages steady for at least one more year.

Spokane schools cutting course fees, supply lists, thanks to boost in funding

More money from the state could reduce costs for parents and provide a more balanced public education in Spokane. Line items under consideration for the 2014-15 Spokane Public Schools budget: eliminating fees for courses such as auto shop, culinary classes, construction technology and computer programming; expanding elementary school extracurricular activities, reducing elementary school classroom supply lists and continuing an extended school day at Rogers High School.

Washington lawmaker takes aim at summer learning gap

Swimming, riding bikes or playing video games all summer might sound like fun for a kid, but the consequences of setting aside learning for 11 or 12 weeks are profound. Dozens of studies have found students lose reading and math skills during a traditional summer break; that loss is even more pronounced in low-income children.

Spokane to have first charter school

Spokane could have the first charter school in Washington by next fall. It will be a historic and controversial development closely watched by school administrators, teachers, politicians and education reformists throughout the state.

City of Spokane, school district trade property

Spokane Public Schools and the city of Spokane have swapped parcels of land in a deal they say is mutually beneficial. The school district acquired 20 acres owned by the city near Joe Albi Stadium in exchange for about 2 acres on the west side of Regal Street at the intersection of Palouse Highway.

Spokane expands full-day kindergarten to all schools

Spokane Public Schools’ board decided Wednesday to offer full-day kindergarten in all 34 of its elementary schools starting this fall. While there are many other budget items left to discuss, the school board voted unanimously to approve full-day kindergarten.

Spokane Public Schools pursues charter schools

Visions of the kinds of charter schools that could open in Spokane are emerging: a dual-language elementary or middle school; a high school that incorporates two years of college; an academically rigorous elementary school; and a K-8 science, technology, engineering and mathematics school. Those are the ideas Spokane Public Schools is vetting to determine which best fits the district and the community.

Spokane superintendent takes a turn at teaching

Five advanced math classes at Rogers High School plus one superintendent plus 100 curious students Wednesday equaled the square root of an interesting day for all. “Tell me if I say your name correctly,” said Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger as she took attendance in an Algebra II class. “I want to get your name right.”