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Amazon will donate 8,200 laptops to help Seattle Public Schools students learn online during coronavirus closures

Amazon is donating 8,200 laptops to families of elementary-school students in Seattle Public Schools who don’t have access to a device needed for remote learning while schools are closed because …


Self-isolating with ‘Minecraft’: Furloughed worker starts server for kids, adults stuck inside

The wildly popular online game has become a source of refuge for schoolchildren and coronavirus patients who must remain socially distanced from their friends, said Justin Achziger, a furloughed hospital …


UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

Regional school districts, including Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene, refine closure and lunch plans

Post Falls schools will be open Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon to allow students to collect personal belongings before buildings close down until at least April 6. Meanwhile, the


UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020

Gov. Brad Little declines to close schools statewide in Idaho due to coronavirus, says local districts should decide

Little made the decision one day after state public health officials announced that the number of Idaho residents infected with the virus had jumped to five, and a few hours …


UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020

Central Valley Schools cancel classes Monday, other districts prepare for extended break

Central Valley School District will begin their break a day earlier than planned over concerns about ties to a robotics competition where an adviser has tested positive for the coronavirus, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Spokane schools preparing for closure order after schools in three West Side counties shuttered

Public and private schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties will be closed starting no later than next Tuesday and won’t reopen until after April 24.


Shawn Vestal: Debate over sex ed brings out the worst in bill’s opponents

As the sun sets on another sex-ed freakout in Olympia, a question lingers: Just how malevolent do opponents of sex ed believe teachers are?


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

$11.8M Central Valley School District levy likely to pass with fewer than 200 ballots left to count

The Central Valley School District’s one-year, $11.8 million supplemental levy is likely to pass, with more than 51% of residents voting “yes” and about 175 ballots left to count as …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Student immigration status would be protected under Washington Senate bill

A student’s immigration or citizenship status would be protected and law enforcement officers couldn’t get it without a valid judicial warrant under a bill being considered by a Senate panel.


Anonymous donation helps eliminate lunch debt in Medical Lake School District

A donation of $6,500 made last month, in addition to other gifts from community members, has erased lunch debt accumulated by students in the small school district west of Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Anti-Catholic group drives big school board election turnout

“The Guardians of Liberty,” which has already forced the ouster of a popular school principal, endorsed two candidates in the race for Spokane school board, with mixed results. Voters also …



A tale of two schools: Test scores diverge on Spokane campuses, despite investments

More money is needed at schools in lower-income neighborhoods to pay for more counselors, therapists and other specialists, said school district officials. “The primary driver is working to create focus …


Big days, small class sizes expected to boost kindergarten learning

First day of kindergarten arrives with high expectations in Spokane schools.


100 Years Ago in Spokane: Schools brace for postwar enrollment; Tickets selling out for scenic plane rides

Back-to-school preparations were in high gear after the war. The now-defunct Spokane University expected its enrollment to double. Washington State college drew the largest crowd, followed by the University of …


The School Year Ahead: After unsettled spring, Spokane elementary teachers prepare to juggle new classrooms, more students

With classes scheduled to begin on Thursday, problem-solving is happening in every building in Spokane Public Schools. Teachers and administrators are forming new teams and finding new efficiencies, because there …


The School Year Ahead: Laid-off Spokane teacher puts future in her own hands in opening preschool

All the signs pointed Krista Hastings toward this idyllic spot on the Glenrose Prairie. The most poignant was the nameplate on the door of her second-grade classroom at Wilson Elementary …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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.