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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Washington legislators roll out school safety proposals

School resource officers, threat assessment and statewide school safety are the topics of five new bills in Olympia. The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee heard public testimony on the bills Wednesday.

Bezos family gives $3 million for UW early learning research

The Bezos Family Foundation's donation amounts to a nearly 13 percent boost in the College of Education's total donations and offers a lasting opportunity to influence the school's research and programs in early education.

Reform, realign children services

Much like the push to coordinate efforts under criminal justice reform, the case for consolidating children services is compelling.

Early learning investment pays off

While lawmakers have been derelict in fully funding K-12 education, they have rightly focused efforts upon the youngest learners, and those efforts have included funneling more money toward early child care.

Bond money fuels school construction in Central Valley

The renovation of the old Yoke’s supermarket on 16 N. Progress Road prompted a complicated game of musical schools in the Central Valley School District. The renovations, as well as the moves are part of a $121.9 million construction bond voters approved in February 2015 – the first bond for the district in 17 years.

Sunday Spin3: Education hearing coming

A bipartisan Senate group seeking citizen input on possible changes in the property tax levy system to shift the burden of paying some teachers salaries from local districts back to the state. It will stop in Spokane this month.

SFCC dedicates new Early Learning Center

In Stephanie Zappone’s preschool class, students stay busy. They are making pretend food with Play-Doh. Some are playing drums and other instruments. One is painting, some are building tall structures with blocks and others are working on their writing. During class time they learn about pedestrian safety and classroom rules.

Preschools’ benefits unavailable to many in Spokane County, state

Tiny voices buzzed and toys clattered in the preschool classroom at Ferris High School, a cacophony of indistinct sounds until a 4-year-old proclaimed her victory. “I did the puzzle all by myself,” said Kaylee Smith, 4, who sat quietly at a kid-size table by herself.

Home day care providers, state clash over stricter rules

Each of the child care providers gathered in the backyard of Gib and Liz Kocherhans’ north Spokane home has a story. The Kocherhanses, who own this single-story rancher where children have played for more than 20 years, point to the water feature in their front yard that’s been deemed dangerous.

Cuts to Guilds’ School stir criticism

Funding cuts to an organization serving vulnerable children have caused backlash for county health officials as they restructure how to distribute stagnant funding at a time when needs are growing. The $195,000 pulled from the Spokane Guilds’ School and Neuromuscular Center helped pay for programs tailored for disabled and developmentally delayed children.

Data helps teachers learn about kindergartners’ abilities

Washington kindergartners are physically coordinated enough for their first year of school, but their ability to count to 20 and clearly express themselves are lagging, according to a new assessment released by the state. Early-learning advocates suspected the state’s kindergartners were entering school less than fully prepared, especially low-income and minority students. Now there’s data to back up the theory.