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James Patterson gives $1.75 million to classroom libraries

Classroom libraries from Sarasota, Florida, to Bremerton, Washington, are among thousands being given $500 donations from author James Patterson.


Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Forced busing, Sept. 9, 1975


Pilot explores food security at three Spokane schools

In fall 2014, a $300,000 grant from Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation launched a three-year nutritional outreach through Second Harvest at three Spokane-area elementary schools: Lidgerwood, Bemiss and Trent. These sites …


Editorial: Walking to school is a smart choice

Health experts recommend children get at least an hour of physical activity per day. Walking to and from school provides a nice aerobic workout.



UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017

Idaho to continue buying timberland and farmland

Idaho officials have decided to continue buying timberland and farmland to generate revenue for public schools following a financial consultant’s review of the state’s reinvestment plan.


Q&A with SPS Board candidates Jennifer Thomas and Michael Wiser

Candidates answer questions about the roles they would play on the Spokane Public School Board.


School districts rethink meal debt policies that shame kids

Teaching assistant Kelvin Holt watched as a preschool student fell to the back of a cafeteria line during breakfast in Killeen, Texas, as if trying to hide.


Oregon Legislature passes record $8.2 billion K-12 budget

A record-$8.2 billion package to fund Oregon’s K-12 public school system cleared the Legislature in a 31-28 vote after a lengthy debate in the Oregon House.


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. …