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Washington charter school fix becomes law without governor’s signature

Gov. Jay Inslee has decided to let the Legislature’s charter school fix become law without his signature.


Washington education measures to help disadvantaged students

Gov. Jay Inslee signed two education bills in Seattle on Wednesday, both aimed at helping disadvantaged kids get a better education.


Editorial: Editorial: Idaho invites legal beatings

If lawmakers have issues with the state constitution, they need to amend it.


Three North Idaho school districts approve tax levies

Voters in North Idaho approved three school-funding tax levies in Tuesday’s election. Levies passed in the Lakeland School District, which covers the Rathdrum-Athol-Spirit Lake area, and in the Kellogg and …


Idaho school levies share ballot with presidential primary picks

Three North Idaho school districts hope voters of all stripes head to the polls Tuesday, the day Republicans in the state hold their presidential primary. All three districts have a …


Payette police suspect 4 teens set fire to principal’s home

Idaho police believe four teenage boys are responsible for setting fire to the high school principal’s house.


Maryland school aide faces child pornography charges

GREENBELT, Md. – A volunteer aide at a suburban Maryland elementary school is facing federal child-pornography charges after prosecutors say he made videos of children having sex with him and …


Idaho school district to provide tablets in digital upgrade

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that six Nampa schools area a part of the first phase of the initiative meant to digitally upgrade the district. Elementary school students will be given …


Bill to study later school start times clears Senate panel

A Washington Senate committee has unanimously passed a bill to study how students perform at schools that begin later in the morning.


House passes plan for fixing education funding system

The Washington House has passed a bill that would instruct the 2017 Legislature to finish fixing the way the state pays for public schools.


No education funding deal this year, Washington budget director says

The state budget director said Thursday lawmakers will not finish the work required to fix the way Washington pays for public schools during this legislative session, because they require deadline …


Guards in Spokane schools won’t be armed

A proposal to arm Spokane Public Schools resource officers has been scrapped.


Shawn Vestal: Preventing homelessness a worthy goal

Some 3,000 Spokane County kids don’t have a home of their own to go to after the school bell rings. About three-quarters of them are “doubled-up” – staying with family …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 9, 2015

Wind advisory for region expires

Schools across the region were open Wednesday for normal operations as the region braced for high winds.


Two cameras will start catching speeders near two Spokane schools on Tuesday

Starting Tuesday two cameras, one on Northwest Boulevard and one on Nevada, will issue warnings, but not citations, to vehicles that exceed the 20 mph school zone.


Police aim to slow drivers near schools

Officers patrol school zone speeding


Valley school using stability balls to help students focus

If you are looking to improve the attention span and concentration of an elementary school class, perhaps introducing a bunch of large, bouncy rubber balls for the students to sit …


Parents, students face uncertain future after charter school ruling

Charter schools in Spokane had a normal school day Tuesday despite a landmark Washington Supreme Court ruling Friday that the publicly funded, privately run schools are unconstitutional. The ruling overturned …


Spokane instructional assistants’ pay below state average

Pay for instructional assistants, sometimes called paraprofessionals, is frequently mentioned as one of the causes of the current dispute between Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane Education Association. Compared to …


Education notebook: Brennan is new principal at Salnave

Cheney Public Schools has hired Celina Brennan as the principal of Salnave Elementary School. Brennan previously taught at Salnave for nine years. Brennan graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2002 …


Rebuilt Winton school in Coeur d’Alene boasts night-and-day improvements

The playground is in, the lockers are up and the maple flooring is down in the gymnasium. It even has that new-school smell.


End-of-year tests add hurdles to education system

Tomie Tsosie Leeds made the honor roll again with a 3.5 grade-point average. Now if he can only graduate.


Spokane Public School retirees

This year, Spokane Public Schools will say goodbye to the following 118 retiring employees: Adams Elementary: Donald Baldwin (teacher, 34 years) and Lisa Northcott (instructional assistant, 19 years).


Education Notebook: Students read Dr. Seuss classics for birthday celebration

Kay Bryant, of Spokane Valley Rotary, had no problem gaining the attention of the children Monday in Althea Erbeznik’s first-grade class at Ness Elementary School. Bryant was reading the Dr. …


Adams Elementary teacher wins prestigious Milken Award

Spokane teacher Karen Krantz sat frozen in her seat, unsure she’d just heard her name and the prestigious national Milken Award in the same sentence. A student’s hug and a …


Students being taught to type at an earlier age

Ayla Vick sits at a desktop computer with her hands on the keyboard. She places her fingers on the home row, stretching them to form words on the screen. “Sometimes …


Shawn Vestal: School letter fails in its own right

We were invited to leave our school this month. Our school, it seems, has not made “adequate yearly progress” on standardized tests. Our school, it turns out, is “in School …


Thousands of parents will get letters explaining why their kids’ school is failing

Thousands of Spokane-area households will soon receive a letter explaining that their child’s school is failing. Spokane Public Schools alone is sending out more than 13,500 letters to parents in …


Area schools see flux as new year nears

Hallways filled with boxes and stacked furniture, classrooms awaiting a carpenter’s hand or a paintbrush or bathrooms in various stages of disrepair – any or all of that could unnerve …


‘Russell’ Wilson Elementary campaign wins chat with Seahawks’ QB

Maybe it’s the name: Russell Wilson. Maybe it’s the power of the 12th Man.