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Washington high schools do away with federal testing requirements, create seven pathways for student success

Starting this school year, Washington students won’t need to pass a federal test to earn a high school diploma. Instead, there are now seven pathways, and districts will have some …


Sacajawea STEM program honored in national competition

Along with four other schools in Washington and 300 nationwide, Sacajawea’s STEM program was cited in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest for its ability to “solve complicated …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

‘It’s a huge issue’: Tough questions, eye-opening insights offered at Spokane’s first vaping forum

The most powerful messages at Spokane’s first vaping symposium came from four high school students who don’t use vapes but pay the price every day. They answered tough questions from …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Schools seek kindergarten readiness help from Legislature

With fewer Spokane children ready for the rigors of kindergarten, Spokane Public Schools hopes the Legislature will give a boost to early childhood learning.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Spokane schools aim to clear the air with vaping discussion

The evening-long symposium, “Cutting Through the Vapor,” begins at 5 p.m. Thursday. It is open to the public.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Suspensions and expulsions in special education programs decline in Spokane Public Schools

The number of students in special education programs who were suspended or expelled has declined so far this school year in Spokane Public Schools.


Excessive screen time linked to lower student test scores

Recent national standardized tests show a decline in reading comprehension among fourth- and eighth-graders as educators worry about too much screen time for children.


Report prompts changes in gifted programs at Spokane schools

In the wake of a critical outside report, Spokane Public Schools is moving ahead with a comprehensive plan to improve the educational experience for gifted and talented students.


‘Thank them for their service to our country’: Veterans honored at Sacajawea assembly

With songs and words, Sacajawea paid tribute to all American veterans. About 50 of them – from every service branch and every conflict since World War II – were seated …


Spokane schools schedule vaping symposium as health crisis deepens and Seattle sues Juul

As Spokane school officials wrestle with how to best discourage vaping by students, Seattle Public Schools filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against industry leaders Juul Labs and Altria Group.


Spokane’s high school principals supported fining students caught vaping; school board tabled proposal

Spokane Public Schools’ decision this week to table a proposal to cite students for vaping contradicted the earlier wishes of all five of its high school principals.


Spokane Public Schools backs off vaping fines while other districts involve law enforcement

In a dramatic reversal from two weeks ago, Spokane Public Schools has backed off from a proposal to impose a fine for students who repeatedly violate tobacco laws on school …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Updated results: Lockwood wins Spokane school board seat, West Valley levy passes

Updated results Wednesday confirmed what most people already suspected on Election Night: Nikki Lockwood has been elected to the Spokane Public Schools board and the West Valley School District budget …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Jenny Slagle, Kevin Morrison win seats on Spokane School Board

Nikki Lockwood takes a 2,280-vote lead over Katey Treloar in the race for Spokane Public Schools board Position 1.



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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Libby Center principal leaves for new Spokane school district role

Libby principal Debra DeWitt has left her job to fill a sudden vacancy at the district level. She will be replaced by current Audubon Elementary School Principal Kimberly Stretch.


Class sizes shrink for youngest students in Spokane Public Schools

Classes are larger this year in Spokane Public Schools, especially in grades 4 through 12. But the district has achieved a major goal in reducing class sizes for its youngest …


New crisis intervention program teaches Spokane teachers to de-escalate tense student situations

In the complicated world of teacher-student relationships, there are no easy answers, and that’s the message Spokane Public Schools hopes to send this year with the new Nonviolent Crisis Intervention …


‘Miss Saigon’ stars candid with LC students

The North American tour of “Miss Saigon” took a refreshing detour Thursday morning, to a place where the actors could be their best and also be themselves.


Clearing the air: Spokane Public Schools considers imposing fine for student vaping

As clouds continue to fill bathroom stalls in almost every building in Spokane Public Schools, the district is considering a new option to combat the teenage vaping epidemic: a stiff …


Program gives Spokane schools resources to help students rise above adversity

RISE includes an on-the-ground regional coordinator dedicated to working with school staff, teachers, districts and the community to better understand the underlying factors of stress in schools and foster more …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Differences, money drive Spokane school board candidates as election approaches

Candidates for three open Spokane Public Schools board seats are drawing lots of financial support. They’re also drawing a clear divide on the issues.


Sacajawea Middle School locked down briefly, student arrested off campus with BB gun

Sacajawea Middle School went into a brief lockdown as school was let out for the day Tuesday and a student was arrested several blocks away with a BB gun just …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Lunch and learn: Sixth-grader at Mullan Road helps raise $10,000 to offset student debt

The notion was simple and profound, and it hit Lilly-Anne Cowart last spring after her fifth-grade year at Mullan Road Elementary School: “Everyone needs a good lunch to be able …


Charter schools are having their moment in Spokane and the rest of the state

With a major expansion planned at one school, and another catering to teenage parents opening next year, Spokane is seeing a spike in charter school enrollments that have backers cheering, …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Free immunization clinic helps Spokane County kids get shots required to attend school

By late last week, more than 900 students in Spokane Public Schools lacked the necessary immunizations. The deadline was Monday, when 323 were turned away.


Spokane will look at changing school boundaries

A committee will review current and projected student enrollment and facilities, and then analyze the effects of attendance boundary changes for schools – including those affecting feeder patterns, neighborhood definitions …


The Zone Project in northeast Spokane seeks to help students overcome generational obstacles

Grant funding has allowed neighborhood proponents to push for support services for students in an area of Spokane that has long-standing poverty and educational issues. That includes an emphasis on …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

MacFarlane emphasizes security, Slagle diversity in race for Spokane Public Schools board

Kelli MacFarlane says all schools, including elementaries, in the Spokane Public Schools should have an armed security officer. Her opponent, Jenny Slagle, believes security can be improved in different ways.