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Jerrall Haynes: Focusing on the three Rs – a plan to review, reinvent, respond

The Spokane Public Schools board has some big decisions ahead. It is too early to dismiss any ideas and respond without more time, study, and information.


Budget reckoning has left Spokane schools with bigger classes

At almost every school in Spokane, classrooms are filled with more students after


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019

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.


Mead families urge board to save alternative programs and schools amid budget cuts

While students, parents and staff of Mead School District applauded efforts to deal with a $12 million budget deficit next year, they also urged the school board to spare their …


Mead waits on school budget cuts until community weighs options

Facing a $12 million budget deficit and some difficult choices, Mead School District has hit the pause button.


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Schools in low-income neighborhoods will shoulder most teacher layoffs

As Spokane Public Schools deals with a $31 million budget deficit next year, tough layoff conversations were held across the district last week. However, the cuts fell like a machete …


UPDATED: Sat., April 13, 2019

Spokane schools issues 325 layoff notices amid budget shortfall

One of every 12 employees at Spokane Public Schools could lose their job before the next school year.


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019

School board’s ‘procedural step’ lays groundwork for staff reductions under looming budget cuts

While hoping for the best from Olympia, the Spokane Public Schools board is preparing for the worst in the face of a projected $43.5 million reduction in levy revenue.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

Staff reductions looming at Spokane, Mead and West Valley school districts following pay raises, change in funding

A shift in the tax burden from local districts to Olympia, paired with wage hikes to teachers last fall, has several local school districts declaring financial hardship as they’re planning …


Jami Lund: Schools don’t need another property tax hike

While much attention is focused on the legislature’s state capital gains income tax, a much more significant tax increase to bail out school districts – Senate Bill 5313 – has …


Most Spokane County property owners will pay less in taxes this year as school funding changes

Four out of five property owners in Spokane County will pay less on their property tax bill in 2019 compared to last year. The bulk of that savings has to …


Spokane Public Schools opens online ‘thought exchange’ for input on McCleary fix

The McCleary fix needs more fixing, and the state has yet to figure out a solution.


Legislature looking for ways to fix the ‘McCleary fix’

School districts and lawmakers across the state struggle with some of the things the McCleary fix didn’t fix.


Spokane Public Schools board: State’s work funding Washington education isn’t done yet

The Legislature believes its work funding Washington education is finished; we disagree.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019

Major changes around corner for Spokane middle schools

Spokane Public Schools will soon make some major changes in the landscape of its middle schools, and they have more to do with new attitudes than state-of-the-art buildings.


Partnership between school’s Mark Anderson, city’s Rick Romero led to landmark school and library bonds

It probably won’t be a bestseller, but Mark Anderson and Rick Romero just wrote the book on local intergovernmental cooperation.


$495 million Spokane Public Schools bond: Digging into the details

Tuesday’s election answered a big question for Spokane Public Schools, but it posed a few more.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018

Spokane Public Schools planning to reduce staffing through attrition to pay for teacher raises

After delivering large pay raises for teachers and other staff, Spokane Public Schools administrators are now looking to shrink the size of its workforce.


Tentative deal reached in Central Valley School District teachers’ contract negotiations

After weeks of slow progress in salary negotiations, the Central Valley School District and its teachers’ union sprinted to the finish line Monday night to reach a tentative agreement on …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018

With new raises in employee contract, Spokane School Board agrees to spend more than it earns this school year

The budget approved by the Spokane School Board on Wednesday hints at wage increases in employee contract.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018

Spokane teachers urge school board to give $28 million in pay raises

Teachers turned up in large numbers and turned up the volume Wednesday night in their ongoing contract talks with the Spokane Public Schools district.


‘We love you, Lindsey’: Family, friends remember McCleary girl who disappeared in 2009

Tables in the church foyer were lined with photos of Lindsey Baum, from when she was a baby up to age 10. There she was in a cowboy hat, in …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018

Jim Kowalkowski: Beyond McCleary: We now have more losers than winners

The recent Washington state Supreme Court ruling that ended the McCleary lawsuit does not mean that K-12 public education funding issues have all been resolved. In fact, we now have …


Spin Control: Enough credit and blame to go around on McCleary

With the McCleary case over, Democrats and Republicans differ on who gets credit or blame.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018

Legislature met its duty on public schools, Supreme Court says

Washington Supreme Court says Legislature has complied with orders to meet a constitutional duty to provide for better schools.


‘Bargain now,’ Kennewick teachers demand. District says not so fast.

Hundreds of Kennewick teachers, nurses and other certificated workers rallied and marched Tuesday, saying the school district is getting millions more from the state for their salaries and benefits but …


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018

Lawmakers to court: We did what you ordered on school reforms

Committee says the Legislature has complied with state Supreme Court order to meet its duty and give adequate financial support to public schools.


Inslee budget a good starting point

There is a need to fully fund public schools and finally remove the yoke of the McCleary ruling that has dominated discussion in Olympia for far too long.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017

West Valley School District asking voters for two tax levies

Voters in the West Valley School District will decide the fate of two tax proposals in February.


Guest Opinion: Neal Kirby: Equity problems remain after court’s school ruling

The court didn’t rule on the equity issues. The McCleary court case only deals with the “ample provision” clause.