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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.


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

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

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

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 …


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.


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

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

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

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

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 …