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UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 1 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools plans fewer than expected teacher layoffs

Several dozen teachers in Spokane Public Schools will be losing their jobs this year, far fewer than feared in April when administrators issued 183 layoff notices to cope with a …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

A teacher’s odyssey: Mandy Manning looks back on her tenure as Teacher of the Year

Last year, Mandy Manning was named the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. Sudden fame also meant the opportunity to make a difference beyond Spokane.“I don’t know how successful I’ve …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 10:31 a.m.

Most Spokane elementary schools dropping art class in favor of science

Spokane Public Schools are moving ahead with changes to teaching visual arts: Under the format for next year, students in all 34 elementary schools will spend most of their day …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 8:39 p.m.

Special sendoff for Sacajawea’s ‘Queen of Rubber Thunder’ on last day of school

They could have played hooky. But on a beautiful Thursday morning, the kids at Sacajawea Middle School preferred to get sweaty in their old gymnasium and scream their guts out …


Debra Trujillo-Gilbert: Oh, the places a librarian can take you

Imagine your favorite restaurant without its chef, or the Spokane Symphony without its conductor. Your dinner would probably be less delicious and the symphony might be a bit out of …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools enters agreement with nonprofit, approves plan for special-needs students

The $1.4 million contract with Excelsior Wellness Center is part of a complete overhaul of a system that serves hundreds of Spokane students with varying needs. Now they will be …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 10:54 p.m.

Man accused of breaking into Glover Middle School on Wednesday has history of vandalizing local schools

A man was arrested early Wednesday after police say he broke into Glover Middle School and began rifling through students’ desks.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Spokane schools officials to outline district’s financial status for public

On Wednesday night, the public will get its last, best chance to offer input on next year’s Spokane Public Schools budget.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Retiring school resource officer Walt Pegram spent a career doling out candy, counsel and love

Though the hallways are crowded during the lunch hour at Sacajawea Middle School, it’s easy to spot school resource officer Walt Pegram. He’s the guy in the Spokane Police Department …


Don’t let the kids take a summer break from learning

For too many young students, especially low-income kids, learning takes the summer off, and the results can be shocking.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:41 p.m.

TEC at Bryant senior Caleb Schrader a quiet, thoughtful leader

Caleb Schrader, who will graduate from TEC at Bryant, hopes to attend Oklahoma Christian University and pursue math education. He also received offers of academic and choral scholarships from the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:39 p.m.

Georgia to Kenya to Spokane: A world of opportunities opens up for Shadle senior Joseph Kamau

Joseph Kamau is set to graduate from Shadle Park High School with plans to pursue a passion for acting.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

From refugee camp in Nepal to Spokane, senior Nilam Karki of Rogers High knows challenges newcomers face

Nilam Karki is set to graduate with the Rogers High School class of 2019



UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

Map senior Faith Wisehart proud of ‘how far I’ve come’

Map senior Faith Wisehart hopes to pursue culinary arts and business in college and someday own a restaurant.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

LC senior Deanna Dwyer was late to science, where she shines, but don’t forget dance and three languages

Lewis and Clark High School senior Deanna Dwyer is the recipient of a $4,000 science award at this year’s Spokane Scholars Foundation Banquet. She speaks three languages but she said …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:28 p.m.

Ferris senior Carly Crooks lost her mom, grew up quickly, and soars

As Carly Crooks strides down the hallways of Ferris High School, she looks around to the places where she’s accomplished so much.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:35 p.m.

North Central senior Ruwaida Abbas realizes goals as she heads to university

North Cental High School senior Ruwaida Abbas has overcome obstacles to becoming first in her family of immigrant refugees to graduate from high school and hopes to attend university.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 2:26 p.m.

A reticent student finds his rhythm at Community School: Kaed Ruby thrives in project-based learning

In the last few weeks before graduation, most high school seniors look for any excuse to avoid going to class. Kaed Ruby looks forward to going to The Community School …


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Spokane school board punts on issue of arming school officers

The Spokane Public Schools board of directors has moved into lame duck mode regarding one of the district’s most contentious issues: whether to arm campus resource officers.


Welcome to the modern high school: Professionals take on spike in teen challenges

In Spokane and elsewhere, there are more professionals than ever working in schools.


Young women of a Rogers High club look to themselves, others for empowerment

On Tuesday morning at Rogers High School, messages of empowerment came from every corner of Room 209. Discussion of how Spokane may soon have a female mayor and what there …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

Former assistant principal at Spokane Public Schools under investigation for child pornography

A former administrator at a Spokane Public Schools elementary school is under investigation for allegedly sending and receiving nude photos from a Craigslist user who identified themselves as a 15-year-old …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 9:24 p.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Regal Elementary students learn the rudiments of coding

On Tuesday afternoon, the sixth-graders at Regal Elementary School didn’t really care that there’s good money to be made in computer science. The kids just wanted to get at the …


Is another levy the best option for strapped Spokane Public Schools?

Facing a projected $21.5 million deficit next year, Spokane Public Schools must decide by midsummer whether to place a supplementary levy on the November ballot.


Safe Havens executive director surprised by lack of armed security in Spokane schools

The contentious issue of arming campus resource officers in Spokane Public Schools just returned to the front burner, following the recommendation from a national expert to do just that.


Rogers High School students learned the hard way and now they’re off to college

As Principal Lori Wyborney looked on like a “proud, crying mom,” dozens of seniors filled the gymnasium at Rogers High School on Friday. The occasion was signing day for Rogers’ …


School district making changes to ensure poor students have better chance at gifted school

Spokane schools are taking a closer look at disparitites in its gifted learning programs. Students from schools in poorer neighborhoods are far less likely to enroll in gifted programs than …


Newcomers ready to campaign for Spokane school board as three incumbents decline to seek re-election

Three incumbents declined to file for re-election to the Spokane Public Schools board of directors this week, setting the stage for newcomers to help tackle public education policy and budgeting.


100 years ago in Spokane: Seventh-graders build sidewalk, drinking fountains, basement floors at Hamilton school

Seventh-grade boys in manual training classes at Hamilton and Whitman schools installed a 100-foot long sidewalk at Hamilton school.