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Reformed procrastinator Helen Gao thriving academically

She’s a National Advanced Placement Scholar with a near-perfect Scholastic Aptitude Test score who found time to organize a sleeping bag drive for the homeless, teach computer skills to the …


Washington high schools do away with federal testing requirements, create seven pathways for student success

Starting this school year, Washington students won’t need to pass a federal test to earn a high school diploma. Instead, there are now seven pathways, and districts will have some …


Cheney High School earns $95,000 grant to replace aging computers

Cheney High School has landed a $95,000 grant from the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to upgrade the computers used by students.


Sacajawea STEM program honored in national competition

Along with four other schools in Washington and 300 nationwide, Sacajawea’s STEM program was cited in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest for its ability to “solve complicated …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

‘It’s a huge issue’: Tough questions, eye-opening insights offered at Spokane’s first vaping forum

The most powerful messages at Spokane’s first vaping symposium came from four high school students who don’t use vapes but pay the price every day. They answered tough questions from …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Schools seek kindergarten readiness help from Legislature

With fewer Spokane children ready for the rigors of kindergarten, Spokane Public Schools hopes the Legislature will give a boost to early childhood learning.


Horizon Middle School first quarter honor roll

Horizon Middle School in the Central Valley School District in Spokane Valley has announced its first quarter honor roll for the 2019-20 school year.


Education notebook: Sisters selected division finalists for national piano competition

Student pianists Sarah and Avah Girges were recently announced as division finalists in the Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Duet Competition.


Wildlife up close: Mobius Science Center partners with Fish and Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Mobius Science Center have teamed up to offer a series of sessions to children and their parents on everything from spawning …


Mead School District looks at boundary changes

The Mead School District is beginning to take public comment on its proposal to adjust the elementary, middle and high school attendance boundaries to accommodate the new schools being built …


Medical Lake School district band director Craig Johnson recognized by Youth Symphony

Band director Craig Johnson, who teaches at the middle school and high school in the Medical Lake School District, was recently awarded the 2019 Carolyn Hage Nunemaker Music Teacher Appreciation …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Spokane Symphony takes students on out-of-this-world voyage that melds art and science

As hundreds of Spokane-area students sat tight in their seats, the Spokane Symphony took them to Mars and Jupiter and the farthest reaches of their imaginations on Wednesday morning.


Sen. Patty Murray urges DeVos to halt changes to a popular student loan repayment plan

With new findings questioning the risk of fraud, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is asking the Education Department to suspend an expanded initiative to ensure that borrowers qualify for popular student …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Spokane schools aim to clear the air with vaping discussion

The evening-long symposium, “Cutting Through the Vapor,” begins at 5 p.m. Thursday. It is open to the public.


As northwest university presidential housing goes, University of Idaho unusual with two homes

The University of Idaho is in the unusual position of owning two presidential residences. One is a $2 million modern, on-campus home where UI President Scott Green lives. The other, …


Mead School District will build 10th elementary school

The Mead School District is doing more than just picking up the pieces following the rejection earlier this month of a $14.6 million supplemental levy.


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 schools work to bridge socially determined ‘math gap’ between boys and girls

A recent study has confirmed what many educators in Spokane and the nation already knew: the “math gap” between boys and girls has little to do with biology and almost …


Oaks Academy to expand, serve 150 more students

When the Oaks Classical Christian Academy was first founded, it had just 33 students in a church on the border of Spokane, and Spokane Valley, which had not yet become …


Preschoolers shoot for 1,000 books: Spokane Public Library launches challenge

Nobody expects a preschooler to be able to count to 1,000, but a new program offered by Spokane Public Library is helping parents and caregivers track a goal of reading …


Chattaroy Elementary teacher using grant to purchase greenhouse

Chattaroy Elementary third grade teacher receives a $2,000 grant that is being designated for the purchase of a school greenhouse


Education notebook: Spokane Public Schools to hold meeting on vaping

Spokane Public Schools will host a vaping prevention symposium, “Cutting Through the Vapor: The Reality of Vaping,” on Nov. 21, 5-8 p.m. at North Central High School.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

West Valley, Cheney school districts prepare to use new funds after levies narrowly pass

It wasn’t easy, but the West Valley and Cheney school districts are moving forward following the narrow passage of levies.


Report prompts changes in gifted programs at Spokane schools

In the wake of a critical outside report, Spokane Public Schools is moving ahead with a comprehensive plan to improve the educational experience for gifted and talented students.


‘Thank them for their service to our country’: Veterans honored at Sacajawea assembly

With songs and words, Sacajawea paid tribute to all American veterans. About 50 of them – from every service branch and every conflict since World War II – were seated …


Spokane’s high school principals supported fining students caught vaping; school board tabled proposal

Spokane Public Schools’ decision this week to table a proposal to cite students for vaping contradicted the earlier wishes of all five of its high school principals.


Spokane schools schedule vaping symposium as health crisis deepens and Seattle sues Juul

As Spokane school officials wrestle with how to best discourage vaping by students, Seattle Public Schools filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against industry leaders Juul Labs and Altria Group.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Gesa Credit Union opening branch at Spokane Valley Tech to provide students with financial industry experience

Gesa Credit Union is opening a branch campus in Spokane Valley Tech to provide high school students with financial industry experience.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Mead school officials suspend new elementary school as they deal with levy rejection

The rejection of Mead School District’s $14.6 million levy left school officials in the tough position of canceling a new elementary school project and trying to win back the trust …


Spokane Public Schools backs off vaping fines while other districts involve law enforcement

In a dramatic reversal from two weeks ago, Spokane Public Schools has backed off from a proposal to impose a fine for students who repeatedly violate tobacco laws on school …