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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools board passes budget that includes cuts to staff, early Friday release

It will go down as the budget that no one wanted to approve. But pass it did Wednesday night – a $461 million General Fund expenditure for the upcoming year …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 11, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

What’s on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation

Meatless Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, and now, Trade Mitigation Thursdays? This fall, some U.S. school cafeterias are expecting shipments of free food, one little-known consequence of President Donald Trump’s trade disputes.


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 11:09 p.m.

Health clinic to open at Rogers High School this fall

A new school-based health center will open at Rogers High School this fall, after the Community Health Association of Spokane received a Kaiser Permanente grant to start the clinic.


Texas governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law several measures meant to boost school security, including ones that will allow armed teachers in schools and increase mental health services for …


Legislators chose help for schools, colleges and mental help – and the taxes to pay for it

If governing is about choosing, the Legislature made hundreds of choices by what they passed, and more than a thousand by what they didn’t pass.


Washington Legislature into the final push to decide money for schools as pressure mounts

Legislature facing pressure over school funding as it moves toward a deal on the 2019-21 general operating budget.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

Budget committee approves $2.2 billion for Idaho schools

The Legislature’s budget-setting committee has approved about a 6 percent increase to $2.2 billion for public schools in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.


Top of the page: The 5 biggest news stories of 2018

Here are five major news stories that made a splash – in some cases immediately, in others over weeks and months – this past year in and around Spokane.


Fresh fundraising: Schools are moving beyond the traditional money-raising ideas to help pay for things

Parent-teacher group leaders say they’re embracing unusual strategies to help pay for school extracurricular events or materials, because traditional approaches such as direct sales have gone flat.


In first meeting, Idaho governor candidates talk taxes, schools, roads & groceries

Idaho’s major-party candidates for governor got together Tuesday evening to talk tax and fiscal policy.


Betsy DeVos is proposing changes to Title IX. What will this mean for Washington schools?

After seeing a draft of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s proposed changes to handling sexual misconduct cases, some sexual-assault survivors and their advocates see the recommended practices as potentially traumatic …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:17 a.m.

In many Spokane County schools, about 30 percent of students are chronically absent

Around the nation, this is Attendance Awareness Month – not that educators in Spokane need any reminding. In the Spokane Public Schools last year, chronic absenteeism – defined as missing …


Tacoma teachers’ strike: Sides ‘far apart’ in state’s 4th-biggest school district

Teacher strikes in Tacoma, Battle Ground, Centralia, and Tumwater have impacted more than 53,000 students combined, just under half of whom come from low-income households.


Detroit public schools shut off drinking water due to ‘elevated levels’ of lead, copper

Less than a week before classes are scheduled to resume, Detroit’s city school district announced Wednesday that drinking water will be shut off for all its schools due to concerns …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 5:13 p.m.

Bill Gates directs U.S. education funding to local schools

Marking another phase in his education agenda, Bill Gates is now taking a more targeted approach to help struggling U.S. schools.


Minidoka schools lose free breakfast for all students, federal changes also impact other districts

Many Magic Valley students will no longer receive free breakfast at school this year after the Federal School Lunch Program changed its eligibility formula.


Vancouver schools helping families living in poverty

Since 2002, Vancouver Public Schools has “stepped out of its lane” – as many educators here say – to help children living in the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.


Schools eye facial recognition technology to boost security

The surveillance system that has kept watch on students entering Lockport schools for over a decade is getting a novel upgrade. Facial recognition technology soon will check each face against …


Battle Ground schools table new sexual health curriculum

Under public pressure, the Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors delayed its decision to adopt new comprehensive and sexual health curriculum.


Yakima Valley schools working to fill at least 65 open teaching positions

A Yakima Herald-Republic analysis of current online job postings found that there are at least 65 open teaching positions in the Yakima Valley.


UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018, 9:18 a.m.

Nampa elementary school therapy dogs to join, help students

Students at Franklin D. Roosevelt Elementary recently got acquainted with Mila, a Chesapeake Bay retriever, and the special power only a dog can provide to help soothe students. Next school …


Washington school district teachers get bats for security

A rural school district in Eastern Washington is arming its teachers and staff with tee-ball bats in case of an active shooter.


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 9:57 p.m.

School-zone speeders fight back and seek class action lawsuit

Catching school-zone speeders in Spokane has netted the city more than $1.3 million in fines. But those lucrative tickets have also earned the city a legal problem: a possible class-action …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

$60,000 split among top students in Spokane County; Lewis and Clark represented in each category

Connor Cremers only remembers one lesson from his kindergarten class. It was a math lesson with snowmen. He was hooked. Recognized as the top science student in Spokane County, he …


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 10:28 a.m.

In their own voice: Students offer thoughts about school walkouts

The Spokesman-Review asked local high school students to share, in their own words, why they plan to walk out of class Wednesday morning to demand stricter gun policies. Their reasons …


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 12:06 p.m.

A new twist on vaping: Juuls are small, discreet, and have health and school officials concerned

Called Juul by brand name – or “juuling” on the street – the vaping device has lit up attention both for its popularity and public health warnings that the discreet, …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 3:47 p.m.

Study: NRA gave $7 million to hundreds of schools

The National Rifle Association has dramatically increased its funding to schools in recent years amid a national debate over guns and school violence, an Associated Press analysis of tax records …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 8 p.m.

Should schools be required to tell parents about bullying?

Richard and Christine Taras are pushing for a New York law that would require schools to notify parents if their child is being bullied. Known as “Jacobe’s Law,” the measure …


Alarmed by fake news, states push media literacy in schools

Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 1:57 p.m.

Report: Teacher shortage worse in Idaho than other states

A recent report says about a third of all teachers who are certified in Idaho each year don’t go on to get teaching jobs in the state, and many of …