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UPDATED: Mon., July 6, 2020

NC sophomore has a date with NASA

Here’s an out-of-this-world idea: A sophomore at North Central High School might help pave the way for astronauts to one day reach Mars.


New Spokane schools leader faces ‘significant challenge’ leading district during pandemic

More than a few eyebrows were raised last weekend when Adam Swinyard was named superintendent of the largest school district in Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., July 1, 2020

Spokane’s fireworks show will go on with four drive-in locations

Spokane will have Fourth of July fireworks this year, despite nearly every other community in the area canceling festivities. At four locations in the city, residents will be able to …


UPDATED: Sat., June 27, 2020

Spokane district picks associate superintendent to take top job on permanent basis

There will be no interim superintendent at Spokane Public Schools. Instead, the district’s board of directors voted unanimously Saturday afternoon to promote chief academic officer Adam Swinyard to a permanent …


UPDATED: Thu., June 25, 2020

SPS board won’t be rushed to make superintendent decision, Haynes says

Spokane Public Schools directors “will not allow ourselves to be pressured” into making a hasty decision on how to fill its newly vacant superintendent’s position, board President Jerrall Haynes said …


UPDATED: Fri., June 26, 2020

Laptops for all: Spokane district initiative would aim to make distance learning equitable

Spokane Public Schools is making a case for a comprehensive plan that would give every child in the district an equitable chance at distance learning.


UPDATED: Wed., June 24, 2020

Spokane school board defers new superintendent decision as union pushes pick

The Spokane Public Schools board of directors is still weighing its options on how to proceed following the resignation Tuesday of Superintendent Shelley Redinger.


UPDATED: Wed., June 24, 2020

SPS teacher salaries cross $100,000 mark

Base salary for the most-senior teachers in Spokane Public Schools will surpass $100,000 annually for the first time, according to a pay scale approved Wednesday night by the district board …


UPDATED: Tue., June 23, 2020

Spokane school district Superintendent Redinger resigns to take Richland position

After eight years as superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, Shelley Redinger is resigning to take a similar position in Richland, both districts announced late Tuesday night.


It’s a long road to get back to school

Spokane Public Schools is jpdoing the math, and so far it doesn’t add up. If students are to return to school this fall, only about 20 will fit inside a …


Spokane mentor helps young women understand race and discrimination, find their voices

As a Black woman, Jaime Stacy said she found her voice to speak out against injustice and discrimination when she became a mother. Now, Stacy is active in the Spokane …


UPDATED: Wed., June 17, 2020

‘I see some room for change’: Spokane school board plans to discuss renaming schools

As many as 40% of the buildings in Spokane Public Schools may be considered for renaming following a discussion Wednesday night by the district’s board of directors.


UPDATED: Tue., June 16, 2020

School districts urge Legislature to preserve K-12 funding

No decision on a special session has been made, but a tipping point could come Wednesday, when the Washington Economic and Revenue Forecast Council will release its monthly report on …


Vision takes shape for new Albi stadium

In two years, the Friday night lights will shine brighter than ever before in northwest Spokane.


Jefferson elementary staff helps hatched ducks escape school courtyard

The halls of Jefferson Elementary School have been empty of kids for months now. But recently, nine youths got to waddle through .


UPDATED: Thu., June 11, 2020

Spokane district school board passes racial equity resolution

Racial inequities in Spokane Public Schools will be soon be addressed with fewer words and more action following unanimous passage Wednesday night of a wide-ranging resolution.


Up-close, personal and virtual could be future of Spokane graduations after successful commencements

It was a weekend full of fun – and full of irony.


UPDATED: Wed., June 10, 2020

Spokane schools consider racial equity issues

In the wake of recent unrest in Spokane and the rest of the nation, the Spokane Public Schools board is poised to discuss guidelines Wednesday night that would address structural …


Skills study at Map calmed Curran’s school struggles

Kindra Curran is graduating with the MAP High School class of 2020


UPDATED: Sun., June 7, 2020

‘I could not explain what I was feeling’: Journal project gave Spokane students opportunity to turn coronavirus crisis into reflective history

As English teachers in Spokane grappled with the realities of COVID-19, they also seized an opportunity that may never come again. Then they passed the baton to their students, who …


UPDATED: Sat., June 6, 2020

‘It really was amazing’: Grads give Spokane schools high marks for unprecedented commencements

Officials at Spokane Public Schools didn’t only pull off a meaningful graduation ceremony in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, they did even better than usual in the view of …


UPDATED: Fri., June 5, 2020

Spokane school board to discuss racial equity measures in virtual Saturday morning forum

Hoping to back its words with a promise of action, the Spokane Public Schools board of directors will hold a special meeting Saturday morning to address racial equity issues in …


UPDATED: Thu., June 4, 2020

Modified graduations at SPS high schools will be on video

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered many plans this spring, especially those of Spokane seniors and their families. Instead of the traditional celebration at the Spokane Arena, all five comprehensive high …


UPDATED: Fri., June 5, 2020

Spokane after-school program on the chopping block as district deals with budget issues, pandemic

The SHOP appears to be closing at Spokane Public Schools.


Schools adjust to circumstances to send seniors off with plenty of pomp

One thing for sure: It will be a graduation to remember for the high school class of 2020.


UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Spokane Public Schools awaits word from task force on reopening

During a special meeting Wednesday night, Spokane Public Schools staff shared more details about the task force that will address curriculum, assessments, coordination of online platforms, special education and extracurricular …


UPDATED: Thu., May 28, 2020

Spokane Public Schools will host virtual forums as it seeks to shore up budget

The district will hold virtual budget forums on June 2 and June 4 on a variety of subjects, including the sources and sustainability of future funds; student safety, health and …


Washington schools to decide in coming weeks what classrooms will look like in the fall

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction convened a 123-member task force to review at least seven potential options for the next school year. Those options include pairing distance …


‘There is too much to keep track of’: Spokane district hears frustrations with distance-learning

Spokane Public Schools got the message loud and clear this week: Parents are overwhelmed and frustrated by teachers’ use of different distance-learning platforms.


Study shows most parents in Washington are worried their kids are falling behind in school

Almost nine out of 10 Washington parents worry that their children are falling behind in school because of the school closures forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a poll …