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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019, 9:54 a.m.

Differences, money drive Spokane school board candidates as election approaches

Candidates for three open Spokane Public Schools board seats are drawing lots of financial support. They’re also drawing a clear divide on the issues.


Spokane International Academy seeks expansion as charter school popularity grows in region

The three-year-old charter school recently inked an agreement for a new building in north Spokane worth $9.7 million. Staff say the expansion will get rid of the waiting list to …


Charter schools are having their moment in Spokane and the rest of the state

With a major expansion planned at one school, and another catering to teenage parents opening next year, Spokane is seeing a spike in charter school enrollments that have backers cheering, …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Pay disparity hampers teacher retention in small districts

Some smaller Idaho school districts are struggling to retain teachers who are tempted by the bigger paychecks and increased resources offered by larger districts. The Post Register reports records from …


Cheney High construction project halfway there

Construction has become a way of life for students and staff at Cheney High School, with work on additions and improvements now in the second year.


WVSD K-6 kids can visit the animals before school on late start days

The West Valley School District offers a unique opportunity for its elementary students on late start days – a chance to spend the morning exploring outside and meeting the animals …


Education notebook: Spokane Public Schools STEAM auction fundraiser will showcase student projects

The Spokane Public Schools Foundation will host a STEAM Powered Fundraiser Oct. 24.


Spokane will look at changing school boundaries

A committee will review current and projected student enrollment and facilities, and then analyze the effects of attendance boundary changes for schools – including those affecting feeder patterns, neighborhood definitions …


Incumbent says voters should vote for her opponent for Riverside School Board

There are two names on the ballot to represent district 3 on the Riverside School Board, but only one candidate wants the position. Sandra Huggins, the incumbent director said she …


The Zone Project in northeast Spokane seeks to help students overcome generational obstacles

Grant funding has allowed neighborhood proponents to push for support services for students in an area of Spokane that has long-standing poverty and educational issues. That includes an emphasis on …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 9:52 a.m.

MacFarlane emphasizes security, Slagle diversity in race for Spokane Public Schools board

Kelli MacFarlane says all schools, including elementaries, in the Spokane Public Schools should have an armed security officer. Her opponent, Jenny Slagle, believes security can be improved in different ways.


West Valley School District floating levy to maintain, restore educational programs

West Valley School District administrators projected a $2.5 million budget shortfall for the 2019 school year after the Legislature changed its school funding model and cut West Valley’s levy by …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

Spokane students, districts brace for impact of planned federal tightening of food stamp rules

“If it’s approved, it will impact our students,” said Kim Elkins, director of nutrition services at the Mead school district, where about 1,100 students will be directly affected.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

Georgen, Morrison differ on funding, security strategies in race for Spokane school board spot

As the election filing deadline approached last spring, it would have been easy for Erin Georgen and Kevin Morrison to take a pass on running for a spot on the …


Virtual Pompeii: GU students time traveling in class using Lithodomos VR technology

This year, Gonzaga University history professor Andrew Goldman is testing classroom applications for new virtual-reality technology with viewpoints of ancient civilizations based on archeological evidence. The work is being led …


Veradale preschool among small group participating in state pilot program for outdoor learning

Into The Forest, located in Veradale, is one of 20 facilities that signed on for Washington’s 2017 outdoor preschool pilot program. Washington became the first state to license outdoor preschools …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Ground broken on new $43.5M Glover Middle School in northwest Spokane

NAC Architecture designed a building that will allow students to find the right current, the right eddy – and make a few friends along the way. They’ll also get to …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

Astronaut Anne McClain shares space stories, urges students to rise above challenges in Gonzaga Prep speech

The Army lieutenant colonel, a G Prep alumnus from the class of 1997, steered clear of the controversy surrounding her talk, instead taking students on a visual journey following her …


Two-day used book sale begins Friday at North Spokane County Library

The Friends of the North Spokane County Library will hold its semi-annual used book sale Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the library at …


Three-quarters of Spokane kids are not ‘kindergarten ready’ when they start school, report says

The problem is greater in Spokane than in most major districts in the state, and it’s getting worse – the result of deepening poverty, trauma, homelessness and the growing scarcity …


Education notebook: Spokane school boundary adjustment committee seeks volunteers

Spokane Public Schools is seeking community members and parents interested in joining the boundary adjustment committee.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 11:22 a.m.

Lockwood, Treloar compete for seat on Spokane Public Schools board

For Nikki Lockwood and Katey Treloar, a passion for education began long before either of them decided to run for the Spokane Public Schools board.


As Spokane Public Schools begins implementing security recommendations, armed personnel remain a consideration

The Safe Havens report, a 156-page document that was presented to the board last May, was presented in a more digestible form Wednesday night by Associate Superintendent Linda McDermott.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools board ratifies contract with teachers’ union

The action came one night after the teachers’ union, the Spokane Education Association, approved the deal, albeit with only a 53.5% “yes” vote.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 9:10 a.m.

Teachers overcome concerns to narrowly approve new union contract with Spokane Public Schools

After an hourlong meeting in the Shadle Park High School gym, members of the Spokane Education Association voted 385 to 334, or 53.5% to 46.5%, to approve a tentative deal …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 6, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

A teacher doesn’t use textbooks – yet his students succeed

American companies sell about $11 billion in textbooks each year. So why does social studies teacher Mark Ingerson never use them in his classes at Salem High School in Virginia?


GU Law Clinics launching elder-law focused new lawyer mentorship program

The Gonzaga University School of Law is getting ready to launch a new mentorship program designed to pair a recent graduate interested in opening a solo practice with an experienced …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Water, experience among issues examined by Great Northern School District board candidates

Water, experience and maintaining quality are among the issues in the race to serve on the board that leads Spokane County’s smallest school district.


Dolan and Long vie for seat on Central Valley School District board

Candidates Susan Dolan and Debra Long are running for a position on the Central Valley School District board.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Largest city-school partnership in Spokane history breaks ground at Shaw Middle School

Almost a year after Spokane voters approved $575 million in school and library bonds, 20 ceremonial shovels were turned toward a project that Mayor David Condon calls the cornerstone for …