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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

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, 9:52 a.m.

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.


Editorial: Treloar, MacFarlane and Morrison for SPS board

Having studied the candidates’ records and positions on the issues, we recommend Katey Treloar, Kelli MacFarlane and Kevin Morrison for the Spokane Public Schools board.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

Georgen, Morrison differ on funding, security strategies in race for Spokane school board spot

As the election filing deadline approached last spring, it would have been easy for Erin Georgen and Kevin Morrison to take a pass on running for a spot on the …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

Spokane students, districts brace for impact of planned federal tightening of food stamp rules

“If it’s approved, it will impact our students,” said Kim Elkins, director of nutrition services at the Mead school district, where about 1,100 students will be directly affected.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Ground broken on new $43.5M Glover Middle School in northwest Spokane

NAC Architecture designed a building that will allow students to find the right current, the right eddy – and make a few friends along the way. They’ll also get to …


Three-quarters of Spokane kids are not ‘kindergarten ready’ when they start school, report says

The problem is greater in Spokane than in most major districts in the state, and it’s getting worse – the result of deepening poverty, trauma, homelessness and the growing scarcity …


Education notebook: Spokane school boundary adjustment committee seeks volunteers

Spokane Public Schools is seeking community members and parents interested in joining the boundary adjustment committee.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 11:22 a.m.

Lockwood, Treloar compete for seat on Spokane Public Schools board

For Nikki Lockwood and Katey Treloar, a passion for education began long before either of them decided to run for the Spokane Public Schools board.


As Spokane Public Schools begins implementing security recommendations, armed personnel remain a consideration

The Safe Havens report, a 156-page document that was presented to the board last May, was presented in a more digestible form Wednesday night by Associate Superintendent Linda McDermott.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools board ratifies contract with teachers’ union

The action came one night after the teachers’ union, the Spokane Education Association, approved the deal, albeit with only a 53.5% “yes” vote.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 2:54 p.m.

Surprise October snow in Spokane knocks out power, blocks streets, closes schools

A record snowstorm early Wednesday snapped trees across Spokane, blocking streets and cutting power to thousands of homes.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 9:10 a.m.

Teachers overcome concerns to narrowly approve new union contract with Spokane Public Schools

After an hourlong meeting in the Shadle Park High School gym, members of the Spokane Education Association voted 385 to 334, or 53.5% to 46.5%, to approve a tentative deal …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019, 4:06 p.m.

Differences exposed as Spokane City Council, school board candidates debate at Northwest Passages forum

Beer flowed cold and questions came in hot as voters got to know Spokane City Council and Spokane school boardcandidates during rapid-fire, 17-minute sessions at the first of two Northwest …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Largest city-school partnership in Spokane history breaks ground at Shaw Middle School

Almost a year after Spokane voters approved $575 million in school and library bonds, 20 ceremonial shovels were turned toward a project that Mayor David Condon calls the cornerstone for …


Survey finds 3,300 homeless students in Spokane County

The homeless problem in Spokane can’t be measured by the sleeping bags in downtown streets and alleys.


Spokane Public Schools includes climate change in curriculum, though striking students say it’s not enough

Last wekk’s climate protests highlighted an ongoing disconnect: While most states and many school districts have classroom standards that at least mention human-caused climate change, many teachers aren’t dealing with …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 28, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools, teachers union reach tentative contract agreement

“There is an agreement in principle,” Brian Coddington, the district’s director of communications and public relations, said Saturday evening. Until Oct. 8, no details will be revealed – not even …


Plans for new Shaw Middle School unveiled at school board meeting

Plans for northeast Spokane also include improvements at On-Track Academy and the Hillyard Library.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 11:25 p.m.

Spokane school board begins discussions about changing electoral system

At the instigation of Board Member Mike Wiser, board members offered general observations on the current at-large system and the pros and cons of switching to a district format. Wiser …


With no members north of the river, Spokane school board considers changing electoral system

If you live north of the river and feel underrepresented on the Spokane Public Schools board of directors, you’re right.


Sensory pathway leads unfocused students back to learning at Balboa Elementary

The sensory pathway allows students to spend a few minutes walking, jumping, bouncing and otherwise pushing themselves through their distractions. Experts believe the pathway is a good way for kids …


100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane superintendent suggests vote of public on teacher wage increases

Orville C. Pratt called on teachers to make their case to the public that they deserved a raise, but only if they could prove that doing so would improve “the …


Football’s days are numbered at Albi, but some fans aren’t ready to give up on aging facility

Under the Friday night lights at Joseph A. Albi Stadium, Craig Gerlack can be found in his regular seat in the upper level on the press box side, sitting next …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 11:02 p.m.

Students strike for climate in Spokane, receiving praise from Gov. Inslee

Hundreds of supporters marched through the streets of downtown Spokane Friday afternoon, joining dozens of similar events nationwide and across the world sparked by a young climate activist in Sweden.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019, 11:48 a.m.

Safety and security a key topic in Spokane School Board elections

All six remaining Spokane School Board candidates agree that the question of improving security is more complicated than the black-and-white question of whether the district should arm its campus resource …


100 years ago: Spokane School District considers adding third high school

Spokane had two high schools — North Central and Lewis and Clark — and a third high school was now in the planning stages.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Spokane schools are adapting to increased class sizes, principals tell school board

Schools are doing their best to cope with larger class sizes and other budget-related challenges, a trio of principals told Spokane Public Schools board members Wednesday night.