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District classes will get bigger

The Spokane school board voted 4-1 Wednesday to temporarily raise class sizes by up to three students. The move, when coupled with adjustments for enrollment declines, will result in the …


Spokane schools deficit may increase class sizes

Layoffs are going to be unavoidable for Spokane Public Schools, and tonight the school board will decide whether increases in class size will be part of the equation.


Program teams with hospitals to give students job experience

The Coeur d’Alene High School student was awkward, timid and barely made eye contact when he started his internship at Kootenai Medical Center this past fall. But with a little …


Rogers cyberteam fourth at nationals

Watch out, cybervillains, Team TEC Pirates are out to get you. A CyberPatriot team from Rogers High School went to Washington, D.C., for the national finals of the Air Force …


Education Notes: ‘Fiddler’ at St. George’s

St. George’s School students will continue their production of the classic musical, “Fiddler on the Roof” on Friday at 7 p.m. in Saint George’s Founders Theater. The performance is the …


Editorial: On dropout numbers, the math improves

The extent of the school dropout issue has been difficult to pin down, but the measurements are becoming more reliable and the solutions more finely tuned. For a time, officials …


Efforts bring higher graduation rates at area high schools

Fewer students in Spokane are dropping out of school. Spokane Public Schools improved its on-time graduation rate by 8 percentage points in 2010, state data showed Thursday, and officials credit …


Pilot program gives students jump-start on foreign language

Bienvenidos, estudiantes. Esto es la clase de español para el grado ocho. Until this year, that phrase – “Welcome, students. This is eighth-grade Spanish” – was foreign to Spokane Public …


Education Notes: Encore Drama stages ‘Wizard of Oz’

Follow the yellow brick road all the way to Rogers High School for the Rogers Encore Drama spring performance of “The Wizard of Oz,” beginning Friday at 7 p.m. in …


Parents can soon use plastic to pay Spokane school fees

Fees for school students, especially teenagers, can really pile up. With parents strapped for time, fewer people carrying cash or checks and more using plastic to pay even routine expenses, …


Region’s best, brightest receive Chase Youth Awards

Children and teenagers from throughout the region were honored for their achievements Sunday at the Chase Youth Awards. The annual ceremony, named for former Spokane Mayor Jim Chase, spotlights the …


On-Track Academy enters its first state robotics competition

When 19-year-old Jessica Joy learned her alternative school was putting a robotics team together for a statewide competition, she checked into it. She’s “artsy,” she said, and learns best when …


Spokane schools board presents design for Jefferson Elementary

Spokane Public Schools hosted another open house at Jefferson Elementary School last Thursday. Neighbors, parents, teachers and school district staff gathered in the gym to see the renderings of the …


Shared classrooms: Tight budgets may force more schools to combine grades

First-grader Bobby Best worked independently in the rural North Idaho classroom, diligently making her way through an activity book. A short distance away, teacher Sara Butler instructed a reading group …


Spokane Public Schools administrators agree to furloughs

Spokane Public Schools administrators – including all principals and vice principals – have agreed to take two unpaid days off to help put a dent in the looming budget shortfall …


Education Notebook: Check out Montessori, APPLE

Parents interested in enrolling their children in Spokane Public Schools’ Montessori or APPLE (Alternative Parent Participation Learning Experience) programs will have an opportunity to attend an orientation meeting beginning next …


Focus on success, strict policies help Rogers High transform

Joseph Sutton entered Rogers High School with no vision of a graduation day. “I couldn’t really see myself having a future, or even having a job,” said Sutton, 17. “I …


Retired schools chief dies

Gerald Hester, a popular former Spokane Public Schools superintendent, died Tuesday after a long battle with multiple health issues. Hester, 82, was superintendent from 1980 to 1993.


Former Spokane schools chief dies

Gerald Hester, a former Spokane Public Schools superintendent, died this morning after a long battle with an illness. Hester, 82, was superintendent from 1980 to 1993, according to news archives. …


School districts honor board members

Local school districts will honor their school board members this month during School Board Appreciation Month. In a press release, Spokane Public Schools expressed gratitude toward its board members who …


Classmates reunite to examine time capsules buried in 1986

A group of former Spokane elementary school students reunited Monday to open three time capsules buried in 1986, bringing a flashback of the Ronald Reagan era, Brat Pack movies and …


Students showcase array of talents, interests in senior projects

High school seniors have another rite of passage their last year of school: the senior project. Added as a statewide graduation requirement in Washington in 2008 – and in Idaho …


On-time start for Spokane schools; Mead schools to close

Spokane Public Schools will start on time Friday, officials said.


New school’s students connect with sculptor

Nationally known sculptor Harold Balazs encouraged students at a new Spokane school Tuesday with talk of expression, going against conformity and being curious. “Expression is therapy,” Balazs, known for dozens …


Spice sends four Shadle Park students to hospital

Four Shadle Park High School students were hospitalized Wednesday after smoking Spice – a substance that gives a marijuanalike high – the same day the Drug Enforcement Agency announced it …


At 82 students, school district credits size for academic success

BICKLETON, Wash. – A recent report calls rural education “what works in Washington.” That’s certainly true in south-central Washington’s Bickleton School District, which has academic and financial strengths that could …


Education Notebook: Two schools win award

The state Superintendent’s Office recently honored two North Side elementary Title I schools for their commitment to students and their exceptional hard work. A press release from Spokane Public Schools …


Police: Man in standoff was suicidal and arguing with family

A police standoff with an unstable, armed man ended peacefully near Westview Elementary School in northwest Spokane on Thursday morning. The school canceled classes for the day. Police cordoned off …


Ridgeview Elementary leader named principal of the year

Ridgeview Elementary Principal Kathy Williams was recently rewarded for her leadership and love of her students when she was named the Dick Stannard Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year. The …


Boys & Girls Club program supports struggling students

Billie McMahon struggled in the sixth grade because her math skills were stuck at the kindergarten level. But after she got involved in Be Great: Graduate, her arithmetic abilities shot …