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Idaho plan to cut achievement gap deemed too ambitious

State education officials say they need to tweak the latest plan to close Idaho’s student achievement gap after being told the goal was too ambitious and unrealistic.


Study: Bullying persists in school, reports of sex crime up

One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than …


Kennewick students suing school district over alleged molestation

Jury selection started Monday in a civil trial involving three men who claim the Kennewick School District failed to protect them from being sexually abused by a teacher and coach.


UPDATED: Sun., May 14, 2017

Schools brace for impact if Congress cuts Medicaid spending

For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms.


UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017

Portland to vote on tax hike to fix lead in schools

Voters in Oregon’s largest city are poised to vote on the biggest school bond in state history after a scandal over high levels of lead in the water at almost …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017

Sunscreen becomes legal in Washington schools

Sunscreen taken off the list of things students can’t have at school without a note from a parent and a doctor.


Oregon plans broader rating system for schools

Oregon intends to shift how it evaluates schools and intervenes in those with the poorest results, moving from the rigid model required under No Child Left Behind to a more …


Washington state school district halts international trips

A school district in Washington state has halted all international field trips over concerns students in the country illegally wouldn’t be able to get back in.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017

Inslee vetoes part of bill to help some Washington school districts find new sites

Gov. Jay Inslee partially vetoes bill designed to help school districts find affordable sites for new buildings, asks lawmakers to add protections for rural areas.


UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017

Washington state pushes to let kids use sunscreen in school

Washington state lawmakers are pushing forward with a proposal that allows students to use sunscreen at school without a note from a doctor and parent, a rule that six other …


Vaccination rate jumps in California after tougher inoculation law

The vaccination rate for California’s kindergartners jumped this fall from the previous year, with the percentage of students with all required vaccinations rising to 96 percent from 93 percent.


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017

Washington lawmakers consider allowing medical marijuana in schools

Meagan Holt sat in the front row of a committee hearing earlier this week holding her 4-year-old daughter Maddie in one arm and a syringe filled with cannabis oil in …


Public schools budget easily passes Idaho House

Idaho’s public schools funding proposal for fiscal year 2018 – the largest share of the state’s budget – has cleared the Idaho House.


UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017

Coeur d’Alene voters overwhelmingly approve $68 million school bond, levy

The Coeur d’Alene School district took a risk this year, asking voters to approve a bond and levy totaling $68 million. It was a risk that paid off.


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017

Spin Control: Quick turnaround on levy cliff bill doesn’t mean on-time end to session

Yes, the Legislature passed a bill to delay a cut in school funding in a day last week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll finish their work on time.


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017

In first year of operation, Spokane’s school zone cameras net $1.2 million from speeders

Between the city’s 15 red-light cameras and two school-zone cameras, $2.8 million was collected in fines last year. That money will go to construction projects designed to slow traffic and …


100 years ago in Spokane: U.S. marshal seeks permission to hang murderer from scaffolding on roof of downtown post office

The U.S. marshal in Spokane raised an alarming possibility: a hanging on Riverside Avenue. Marshal James E. McGovern confirmed that he had applied for permission to build a scaffold on …


Virginia school district to close for ‘A Day Without a Woman’

A northern Virginia school system is canceling classes for all students Wednesday after numerous teachers requested the day off to join a national day of protest called “A Day Without …


Flip the script: Cursive sees revival in school instruction

Cursive writing is looping back into style in schools across the country after a generation of students who know only keyboarding, texting and printing out their words longhand.


Toxic chemical levels causes school closure in Monroe

MONROE, Wash. – Concerns about a toxic chemical caused part of an alternative high school in Monroe to close. KOMO-TV reported that part of Sky Valley Education Center closed on …


Schools chief defends arming staffers

Some details remain to be honed as a new policy allowing trained staff members to carry firearms in schools is rolled out, Mountain View School District Superintendent Kent Stokes said. …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017

Private school vouchers favored by DeVos don’t offer real advantage over public schools, study indicates

A new study reports that there is no evidence that school vouchers – which use public dollars to pay for private school tuition and are favored by Education Secretary Betsy …


Montana House rejects bill to allow guns in schools

The Montana House has voted down a proposal to allow guns in schools. Fifteen Republicans joined 41 Democrats Monday to reject the bill in a 56-44 vote.


Transgender teen to press Supreme Court case despite Trump administration guidance

Attorneys for a transgender teen who sued his school board for barring him from the boys’ bathroom said Thursday that they plan to continue to press his case before the …


Lawmakers seek to give Washington schools chief more power

The Washington state Board of Education could lose some of its authority over the state’s K-12 public education system under a controversial bill that would transfer some of its responsibilities …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: U.S. divided between ignorant and informed

The country’s divide is between the ignorant and the informed, between those who have information and can extrapolate from it and those who do not and cannot.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017

State Republican education funding proposal jeopardizes poorest students, Spokane educators say

A public school funding proposal unveiled by state Republicans earlier this month may reduce the amount of money Spokane’s poorest schools receive, according to district administrators.


Trump administration signals change in policy for transgender students

The Trump administration signaled Friday that it was changing course on the previous administration’s efforts to expand transgender rights, submitting a legal brief withdrawing the government’s objections to an injunction …


Bill would lower supermajority requirement for Idaho bonds

The threshold for approving municipality and school bonds would be lowered slightly under a new proposal recently introduced in the Idaho Statehouse.


Education Notebook: Library offers programs for home-school students

Also this week: Information night on Institute of Science and Technology Middle School program, Rogers debate club hosts Rhetoric in the Ring III, and SPS holds teacher hiring fair.