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Idaho teachers in demand despite proposed cutbacks

BOISE – Job opportunities for teachers in Idaho are relatively good and, based on projections, will likely continue to be that way, educators and state officials said. A growing state …


Education Notebook: Writing contest keys on Holocaust

For the fifth year, local high school students are being asked to help the community remember the Holocaust in a creative writing contest as part of the Spokane Community Observance …


Teachers bring their best defense to fight cancer

On Feb. 2, the staff at Mt. Spokane and Mead high schools, along with Mountainside and Northwood middle schools, will battle against each other in the Hoops for Hope VII …


Education Notes: Athletes receive Wildcat Award

Student athletes at Mt. Spokane High School were recently honored, not only for their talent on the field or the court, but also for their success in the classroom. Mt. …


Luna pitches education reform

BOISE – Idaho would eliminate tenure for new teachers, limit all collective bargaining agreements with teachers to one year and raise class sizes in grades four to 12 to fund …


As funding wanes, school districts look to levies

Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene school districts, like most in the nation, have made tough cuts in the past two years because of a declining economy. Education officials expect the …


What the Central Valley construction bond would fund

Central Valley School District’s proposed $69.9 million construction bond would include the following projects: Evergreen Middle School: Expand and modernize the 1974 facility. The project would provide the district extra …


School districts honor board members

Local school districts will honor their school board members this month during School Board Appreciation Month. In a press release, Spokane Public Schools expressed gratitude toward its board members who …


Old-school makeover means new life at Ponderosa

When Ponderosa Elementary School opened in 1979, it was the pride of the neighborhood. With its open-concept design, parents could walk in and from the front door see all the …


Gregoire proposes new schools office

OLYMPIA – All of Washington’s education systems and programs, from preschool through graduate degrees at universities, should be working together and overseen by a single office, Gov. Chris Gregoire said …


Education Notes: Freshman wins math trophy

Kashif Ravasia, a freshman at St. George’s School, proved his math smarts in the Math is Cool Championships in early December when he placed first in the individual geometry test. …


Schools will lose Salmon in Classroom

SEATTLE – Each year, 40,000 schoolchildren in the state have been introduced to the life of the salmon through the Salmon in the Classroom program. But beginning in January, the …


LCHS debate, speech places 3rd

The Lake City High School debate and speech team placed third overall at the Coeur d’Alene Challenge tournament, held at Coeur d’Alene High School in early December.


Students showcase array of talents, interests in senior projects

High school seniors have another rite of passage their last year of school: the senior project. Added as a statewide graduation requirement in Washington in 2008 – and in Idaho …


Gregoire’s budget lays out harsh cuts

OLYMPIA – Saying the state faces an economic crisis that requires deep cuts and government restructuring, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday proposed eliminating some state programs for schools and some …


Vestal: More to assessing education quality than test scores

We’re at an interesting moment with the public part of public education. Years into the “assessment” craze, we’re compiling ever more data about our schools – and providing precious little …


Special education funding ruled fair

SEATTLE – The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state is not shortchanging school districts in the way it pays for special education. In an 8-1 ruling, the high …


Conditions delay some school start times, closes others

Mead School District will be closed today, Gonzaga Prep will start at 8:45 a.m. with no zero hour and some Spokane Public School buses will be late, the districts announced …


Weather delays some school start times

Several school districts, including Orchard Prairie and Freeman, will be delayed today due to the weather, the districts announced earlier.


Weather keeps some schools closed today

The Coeur d’Alene Kellogg and St. Maries school districts will be closed today due to expected extreme cold, the districts announced earlier.


At 82 students, school district credits size for academic success

BICKLETON, Wash. – A recent report calls rural education “what works in Washington.” That’s certainly true in south-central Washington’s Bickleton School District, which has academic and financial strengths that could …


Small-schools funding

Out of 295 school districts in Washington, 14 percent have 100 or fewer students and 37 percent have from 101 to 999 students. Districts with 300 or fewer students are …


Degree-based bonuses for teachers draw scrutiny

SEATTLE – Every year, American schools pay more than $8.6 billion in bonuses to teachers with master’s degrees, even though the idea that a higher degree makes a teacher more …


Education Notes: Kroc mixes work, play in after-school program

Local students in Coeur d’Alene can get extra help with their homework, have a healthy snack and even work off some extra energy in the Kroc After-School Program, held at …


North Central principal helps students think beyond school

North Central High School Principal Steven Gering was one of nine educators statewide recently honored with a Golden Apple award for making a significant change in secondary education. During the …


Hands-on anatomy exhibit arrives from West Side center

The warning to grade-school children entering the Prairie View Elementary gym contained the words “brains,” “skeleton” and “body parts,” but there wasn’t a haunted house. The items were part of …


Enrollment rises at state’s public colleges

SEATTLE – Enrollment is up again this fall at Washington’s public universities, despite cuts in state dollars to support their operations. Part of the enrollment jump comes from an intentional …


Would-be bank robber threatens school children

A man called the Inland Northwest Bank at 500 W. Francis Ave. and demanded a large sum of money just before noon Thursday. The man threatened to harm local school …


Idaho superintendent candidates clash in debate

BOISE – The two men vying to lead Idaho’s school system for the next four years clashed Tuesday night over everything from school funding to their own qualifications for the …


Spokane hopes to establish a school-based health clinic

No workday is the same for Spokane Public Schools nurse Marianne Fischer. But there is one given – she’ll spend it running. By 11 a.m. Wednesday, Fischer had handed out …