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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Suspensions and expulsions in special education programs decline in Spokane Public Schools

The number of students in special education programs who were suspended or expelled has declined so far this school year in Spokane Public Schools.

Spokane Public Schools’ use of restraints, isolation rooms increased again, but officials claim reporting error

For the second year in a row, Spokane Public Schools placed students in isolation rooms or restraints at a rate far higher than other districts in the school year 2017-18.

Report: More work needed on safety, discipline in Spokane schools

Spokane Public Schools is failing to connect with minority students on the subject of safety and discipline, board members were reminded this past week.They also were confronted with numbers suggesting …

Reversing three-year trend, discipline rises in Spokane Public Schools

African-Americans, special education students and other groups in Spokane Public Schools are facing much higher rates of discipline than their peers, the district board was told last week.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

Report: 28 Idaho teachers disciplined for ethical misconduct

State regulators have disciplined 28 teachers over the past school year for ethical misconduct ranging from inappropriate conduct with a student to substance abuse.

UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

Minority students account for nearly half of all student arrests in Spokane schools

Spokane school district security officers arrested 99 students this school year. Nearly half of them were minorities.

UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

Spokane schools suspension rate drops, but disproportionality remains

Overall, Spokane Public Schools suspension rates have dropped 31 percent over the past two years, according to data collected by the district.

Dan Ophardt: Keeping students in school is a community value

If I heard any “costs” spoken about at the June 14 board meeting, they were the costs to our system that has thrown away young members of our community for …

UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017

Spokane Public Schools approves new use-of-force, campus safety policy

The Spokane Public Schools board of directors approved a campus safety policy that creates stricter use-of-force guidelines and requires quarterly data reporting.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017

Poorer Spokane students more likely to be suspended than their wealthier peers

Spokane students who come from low-income families are disciplined more than their wealthier peers, according to new discipline data provided by the district.

Spokane schools suspending first-graders, kindergartners more than high schoolers

Despite gains districtwide in suspension and discipline rates, there have been more kindergarten and first-grade suspensions than high school suspensions.

Group questions Spokane Public Schools’ use-of-force policy

A coalition of parents, advocates and local organizations petitioned Spokane Public Schools to revise the district’s use of force policy earlier this month, raising concerns that the policy was too …

Spokane Public Schools overhauls student discipline

For the past two years Spokane Public Schools has been overhauling how it handles student discipline.

Japanese boy who went missing in forest found

Police say a boy who went missing after his parents reportedly left him in a forest as punishment six days ago has been found.

Spokane Public Schools tries active but patient approach to decrease suspensions

When David Staley was caught with marijuana at school for the third time, he figured he was done. A short, muscular, 17-year-old junior at North Central High School, Staley had …

Parents complain about handcuffing of elementary students

Angry parents are demanding action after they say at least five students were handcuffed at a Middle Tennessee elementary school for not stopping an off-campus fight.

Spokane oncologist admits lying, censured and fined by state disciplinary board

A state discplinary board fined Rajeev Rajendra, ordered him to attend an ethics course and censured him in an order signed last month. Rajendra lied about his certification and falisfied …

Doug Clark: Bubblegum warrant beats getting chewed out by My Old Man

So the Kootenai County prosecutor has admitted that putting a warrant out on a 9-year-old who’s accused of grabbing bubblegum from a grocery store was not, um, warranted. “I have …

Group claims sheriff too quick with discipline

A group of four retired Spokane County sheriff’s deputies is challenging Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich in a public campaign that questions his leadership. The group, called Integrity First, filed paperwork last …

Jailer who failed to discover inmate death fights firing

A Spokane County Jail corrections deputy is challenging his dismissal in March for alleged failure to discover an inmate’s death and then lying about it.


A new initiative started by East Valley High School to allow students to do community service instead of detention time is the first of its kind in the Valley. The …


To spank or not to spank? It’s a dilemma faced by many good parents.

Woman Can’t Renew Suit Over Spanking

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate a suit by an Idaho woman who said her constitutional right to discipline her son was violated when police investigated …

School Guards Against Abuse But District Stands By Firing Of Aide Who Raised Allegations

Guardian Terry Burke has taken Kyle Timboe out of Lakes Middle School amid allegations of abuse in special education classes. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review

Court Upholds Suits Against Principal Students Can Sue School Official For Excessive Corporal Punishment

The American Civil Liberties Union hailed as “an important civil rights victory” an appellate court ruling that found it unconstitutional for school officials to use excessive force on students. The …

Student’s Language Lands Him In Court

When 14-year-old Chris Gordon called a girl a “fat cow” and screamed a profanity at school, teachers didn’t take the matter into their own hands - they went to police. …

Taping Boy’s Mouth Not First For Teacher

A teacher charged with taping an unruly pupil’s mouth and sealing him in a box has a history of similar behavior, police said: She once taped another child’s mouth and …

All It Takes Is Effort, A Good Example, Love And A Little Leather

Pop was older than I. He was 46 when I was born and I was the oldest of five. That made him older than all his kids - a fact …

Mangan Docked For Foul Language Incident Will Cost Police Chief $1,264; Mangan Calls Discipline ‘Appropriate, Fair’

Police Chief Terry Mangan will be docked four days’ pay as punishment for his armed run-in with three men outside his home, City Manager Roger Crum announced Monday night. While …

Child Abuse Bill Denounced At Public Hearing Committee Chairwoman Says Bill Narrowing Definition Unlikely To Go Anywhere This Session

Democrats and child abuse workers on Friday condemned a Republican effort to narrow the legal definition of what constitutes child abuse. Rep. Bill Backlund, R-Redmond, said the changes are needed …