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In Scottish schools, students will be required to learn about LGBTI history

Just 18 years ago, it was still illegal in Scotland to “intentionally promote homosexuality” in schools. Now, the Scottish government will mandate that all state schools introduce a curriculum that explains the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activism.

Million-dollar teachers: Cashing in by selling their lessons

Miss Kindergarten is in the million-dollar club. So are Lovin Lit, the Moffatt Girls and about a dozen other teacher-entrepreneurs who are spinning reading, math, science and social studies into gold by selling their lesson plans online to fellow teachers around the world.

Common Core textbooks arrive at Spokane elementary schools

New textbooks are arriving at elementary schools in Spokane County’s largest district, launching widespread adoption of the Common Core curriculum. Common Core is a set of national standards in language arts and math education that’s been adopted by most states, including Washington and Idaho.

Enrollment increases in most Valley districts

Continuous Curriculum School in the East Valley School District has seen a 69 percent enrollment jump this year, most notably because students now have a whole building to attend classes, rather than just half. At the end of last year, the district closed Skyview Elementary School which occupied one half of the building. This year, the Continuous Curriculum School was able to open enrollment to more students and Executive Director of Operations Brian Wallace said the district budgeted for about 375 students at the K-8 school.

EWU studies switch to semesters

Eastern Washington University officials are working on plans to change from a three-quarter to a two-semester system, falling in line with about 90 percent of higher education institutions nationwide. But the switch will not come soon.

East Valley School Board still taking input on changes

The discussion has been continuing about the sweeping changes proposed by the East Valley School Board, this time with community input. The district held two community forums recently to discuss the latest option – a combination of the first two ideas discussed by the board.

School districts winnow choices for math books

When it comes to math, high school students have long asked the question: “Why do I need to learn this stuff?” Books being considered for a high school math overhaul in the Spokane area’s two largest districts have an answer.

Levy ballots must be mailed soon

Residents in the West Valley, East Valley, Central Valley and Freeman school districts must have their ballots in the mail by Tuesday. All four districts have replacement maintenance and operations levies on the ballot. West Valley also has a technology levy and East Valley has a construction bond. The levies fund a portion of each district’s annual budget and pay for items such as sports, technology and extracurricular activities that are not funded by the state. All the levies are replacing existing levies that are expiring. East Valley is seeking a construction bond, which can’t be used for day-to-day operations, to remodel and repair all of its elementary and middle schools.

Sure, It May Sound Awful, But It Works

"It sounds awful," the woman wrote in response to my column praising the results a Houston elementary school has attained with something called direct instruction. "Direct instruction," as she accurately understood, heavily involves set questions and scripted responses to any answer a child might give. Only in the most unusual circumstances does it allow for anything that might be called teacher creativity. It is almost like a computer program in an if-this-then-that mode. It does sound awful.

Sometimes, Formulas Can Fail Us Badly

It was one of those controversies that rock the Bay Area as regularly as an earthquake. Can you judge a book by its color - the color of the author? This national brouhaha began when two members of the San Francisco school board decided to fuse math and literature. They proposed that seven of 10 required reading books for school children be chosen from a designated list of multicultural authors.

Aclu Weighs In On Creation Science

Teaching scientific creationism in Post Falls schools would violate the First Amendment and the Idaho Constitution, the American Civil Liberties Union wrote to the school district. "'Equal time' is an attractive concept, at least until one considers historical problems of mixing church and state," wrote Jack Van Valkenburgh, executive director of the ACLU in Boise.

Most Back Creationism For Schools Post Falls Forum Is Hostile Ground For Evolution

FROM FOR THE RECORD (Saturday, March 7, 1998): Correction Stance corrected: Mary Girton was misidentified in an article in Friday's paper about teaching creation science in the schools. Girton said she wants both creation and evolution presented as scientific theories, and had voted against school bonds before and might again. In the beginning. Pastor Bill Hohenstreet reads Scripture at the beginning of a forum Thursday evening at Prairie View Elementary aimed at adding creation science to the curriculum of Post Falls schools. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review

Creation Science Advocates Schedule Public Forum

Two men who proposed that the Post Falls School Board authorize the teaching of creation science in district science classes are holding a public forum on Thursday to discuss their ideas. Anyone on either side of the issue is encouraged to attend the forum, which will be held in the multipurpose room of Prairie View Elementary School in Post Falls from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The next school board meeting is at 7 p.m. March 9 in the Post Falls High School cafeteria.