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Safe Havens executive director surprised by lack of armed security in Spokane schools

The contentious issue of arming campus resource officers in Spokane Public Schools just returned to the front burner, following the recommendation from a national expert to do just that.


Rogers High School students learned the hard way and now they’re off to college

As Principal Lori Wyborney looked on like a “proud, crying mom,” dozens of seniors filled the gymnasium at Rogers High School on Friday. The occasion was signing day for Rogers’ …


School district making changes to ensure poor students have better chance at gifted school

Spokane schools are taking a closer look at disparitites in its gifted learning programs. Students from schools in poorer neighborhoods are far less likely to enroll in gifted programs than …


Newcomers ready to campaign for Spokane school board as three incumbents decline to seek re-election

Three incumbents declined to file for re-election to the Spokane Public Schools board of directors this week, setting the stage for newcomers to help tackle public education policy and budgeting.


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

Gonzaga plans to demolish four houses recently vacated by the university

Gonzaga University is demolishing four houses on campus, and the land will be turned into open space, according to permit data at the city.


Give a hoot for silent auction loot: West Valley Outdoor Learning Center to mark 18 years with fun day

The West Valley Outdoor Learning Center is throwing itself a birthday party Saturday to celebrate 18 years of providing education about raptors, owls and other wildlife to students in West …


Mead grad Kennedy Finke accepted to fashion design school in Paris

Kennedy Finke knows how to stand out in a crowd.


Innovation Challenge Club – a WSU-tied program – shines with top national award

The Innovation Challenge Club at North Central High School was surprised to learn earlier this month that the group had taken first place in the nation in the Pharm4Me Innovation …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 11:46 a.m.

WSU, EWU, SCC students face growing dilemma: Pay for food or tuition?

Thousands of Washington college students are hungry. Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and the Spokane Community Colleges are are struggling with the problem, despite varied approaches to dealing with …


Old, misleading info among perils of teaching climate change

When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she’d never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit’s hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online …


Five candidates with education backgrounds file for school board seats

Five candidates with varied ties to public education want to take them even further by seeking election to the Spokane Public Schools board of directors.


Spokane Public Schools pushes transparency as concerned parents work through biggest worries

Chalk one up for the power of transparency. On a night that was all about optics, the folks at Spokane Public Schools decided to bare it all – and came …


School boards draw challengers amid budget crisis and layoffs

School board races are off to a fast start in Spokane County – especially in Mead, where at least one challenger has promised to make an issue of the district’s …


Bigger, better Linwood Elementary: ‘Like opening a big present’

For Alisha Rawley’s first-graders at Linwood Elementary School, the entertainment began last year outside their window.


Achievements: Area students earn academic honors

Honor rolls, graduations and scholarships awarded to regional students.


Spokane Public Schools board of directors could see multiple new faces as position terms come to end

By the end of the year there will be at least one new face on the Spokane Public Schools board of directors.


Mead High School yearbook wins ‘Pulitzer’ of annuals – the Pacemaker national award

The Mead High School yearbook staff earned a Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association for the 2017-2018 yearbook.


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 9:57 p.m.

Mead School Board cuts alternative school, suspends Riverpoint, but staff layoffs still under review

Budget cuts approved Tuesday night by the Mead School Board will shutter M.E.A.D. Alternative High School and temporarily close Riverpoint Academy.


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

WSU names new provost, executive vice president

Mitzi Montoya, an administrator at Oregon State University, will start her new job at Washington State University on Aug. 1.


A long summer awaits Spokane Public Schools with one lingering question: Will they seek a supplemental levy?

A few minutes after 9 o’clock Wednesday night, reality struck the Spokane Public Schools board of directors: This will be a long summer.


Spokane Schools downsizing Eagle Peak, relocating students and programs throughout district

Eagle Peak, an alternative school located in the former Pratt Elementary School building, will be downsized and most of its 80 students and staff sent to other schools and facilities …


Dishman Hills High School posts third term honor roll for 2018-19 school year

Dishman Hills High School announces its third term honor roll for 2018-19 school year


Female apprentices wanted: Annual event exposes girls to trade career possibilities

High school girls in their junior and senior years get a taste of careers in trade at the annual Pizza, Pop and Power Tools event at Spokane Community College


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.


Riverside High sophomore headed to study in Spain for six weeks

Riverside High School sophomore Makenzie Jones is getting ready for an all expenses paid six-week trip to Spain this summer after being named one of 15 Washington World Fellows Scholars …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 9:53 a.m.

Despite more state money, Spokane Public Schools plans to lay off employees

The numbers aren’t yet fully crunched, but Spokane Public Schools officials are hopeful that money from the just-concluded legislative session will help it close a projected $31 million budget deficit …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

Central Valley, Ferris and North Central among top local schools in annual U.S. News and World Report rankings

U.S. News and World Report gave out its annual report cards this week, 17,000 of them to every high school in the nation, with so-so results for Eastern Washington. The …


Local school districts crunching budget numbers after Legislature gives more money

For Spokane Public Schools and other districts in the region, the news out of Olympia last weekend was very good.


New leaders of Boise State and Idaho to receive higher pay

The new presidents of Boise State University and the University of Idaho will earn more than their predecessors.


Central Valley may cut 60 teaching and classroom jobs as part of budget shortfall

The Central Valley School District may eliminate about 60 teaching and other classroom staff positions as administrators deal with a $12 million budget shortfall next year.