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School’s chief seeks 8 percent budget boost from lawmakers

Idaho’s superintendent of public instruction is asking state budget writers for an 8 percent increase to about $2 billion for fiscal year 2020 to educate more than 300,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Crowded field for Washington schools chief race

There’s a crowded field of candidates vying to be Washington’s next superintendent of public instruction, but the three top candidates all bring something new to the contest.

Washington charter schools may join Springdale school district

Washington State charter schools, including two in Spokane, may join the Mary Walker School District, near Springdale, Wash., later this month. The agreement would keep charter schools open as public schools despite a Washington state Supreme Court ruling declaring their funding source unconstitutional.

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.

Riverside teacher fighting dismissal over sex with ex-aide

A Riverside High School teacher is fighting for his job after being dismissed for having sex on school grounds with a former student. Allen Martin thinks the school district is being too harsh. The district, however, contends the behavior raises too many concerns.

State to review ex-teacher

A former Shadle Park High School teacher’s future in education will soon be in the hands of the state. Ryan Murphy resigned this spring while under investigation – a second time – on allegations that he crossed the line with students. Monday, Spokane Public Schools officials said they were in the process of forwarding the file to the state superintendent’s office.