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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 …


The School Year Ahead: After unsettled spring, Spokane elementary teachers prepare to juggle new classrooms, more students

With classes scheduled to begin on Thursday, problem-solving is happening in every building in Spokane Public Schools. Teachers and administrators are forming new teams and finding new efficiencies, because there …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019

Spokane Public Schools to consider budget that would eliminate librarians, expand early-release Fridays for elementary students

The school board will consider a $459 million budget Wednesday after layoff notices went to dozens of teachers and staff members this spring. Additional state money was dedicated to the …


NASA astronaut, Spokane native Anne McClain returns to Earth, shoots for the Moon

After 204 days in space, Spokane native Anne McClain returned to Earth on June 24, and she said the experience of actually living in space made her want to go …


Shawn Vestal: Teachers make lasting, important impressions

As another academic year comes to a close, as schools mark the end of this season, celebrate graduations and promotions, and commence summer vacation, I remember all of my teachers.


The Full Suburban: Teachers deserve medals for everything they do

Teachers deserve a Nobel prize. In everything. They are creative. They are compassionate. They are intelligent. And heaven help us all, they are patient. Sooooo patient.


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019

60 teacher positions cut as Central Valley trims budget by $12.45 million

The Central Valley School Board unanimously approved $12.45 million in budget cuts Tuesday evening, which will result in the loss of about 60 teachers.


Robert J. Samuelson: Let states, localities fix the schools

We should let states and localities see whether they can make schools work better. The grandiose fix-it national plans are mostly exercises in political marketing.


Many area teachers work multiple jobs to maintain, survive

As a teacher in Idaho Falls School District 91 and with a second job as a server at Jakers Bar and Grill, some of Jess Marboe’s workdays can last up …


UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas – a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began …


Teachers were reportedly shot with pellet guns at an active shooter training

It was billed as a drill. But law enforcement officials at an Indiana elementary school reportedly ordered teachers to turn around and crouch and then shot them with plastic pellets, …


Oakland teachers to walk off the job Thursday

Teachers in Oakland, California, will become the latest educators in the country to strike over pay and classroom conditions.


Denver teachers are ready to strike over pay raises alone

Denver teachers are prepared to walk of the job Monday for the first time in 25 years over an incentive-based pay system they call unpredictable and unfair to experienced educators.


Denver teachers’ strike on hold amid procedural wrangling

Denver school officials asked the state on Wednesday to intervene in its pay dispute with teachers, a move that will delay a strike that had been scheduled to start Monday.


Los Angeles teachers union hints at new talks during strike

The head of the Los Angeles teachers union hinted at contract talks resuming Wednesday as striking educators in the nation’s second-largest school district protested outside hundreds of schools for a …


Greek state school teachers clash with riot police in Athens

Protesting Greek school teachers have clashed with police in central Athens during a demonstration against government plans for hiring new teachers.


Teacher strike delayed in second-largest U.S. school district

The union representing teachers in Los Angeles – the nation’s second-largest school district – postponed the start of a strike until Monday because of the possibility of a court-ordered delay …


Idaho school to reinstate staff who wore controversial Halloween costumes

The Middleton School District announced in a news release Wednesday that it will “welcome our teachers and aides back into their classrooms in the next few days,” having finished an …


Tacoma teachers’ strike: Sides ‘far apart’ in state’s 4th-biggest school district

Teacher strikes in Tacoma, Battle Ground, Centralia, and Tumwater have impacted more than 53,000 students combined, just under half of whom come from low-income households.


Evergreen reaches tentative deal with teachers

The teachers strike in Evergreen Public Schools could be over after a tentative agreement was reached at 2:57 a.m. today.


No school in Tacoma on Thursday as teachers announce strike

Tacoma teachers say they will strike starting Thursday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018

Central Valley teachers and administrators to meet Monday on pay increases

After Spokane Public Schools and the Mead School District agreed this week to large pay raises for their teachers, the teachers union for Central Valley School District hopes to get …


Yakima teachers, students head back to class on time after strike averted over weekend

After teachers and the Yakima School District reached a tentative contract agreement over the weekend, school began as scheduled Monday – much to the relief of parents, students and employees.


Evergreen, Washougal teachers on picket lines on first day of school

Teachers in the Evergreen and Washougal school districts headed to the picket lines this morning, demonstrating in favor of higher wages after contract negotiations across Clark County stalled.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018

Spokane teachers urge school board to give $28 million in pay raises

Teachers turned up in large numbers and turned up the volume Wednesday night in their ongoing contract talks with the Spokane Public Schools district.


Yakima Valley schools working to fill at least 65 open teaching positions

A Yakima Herald-Republic analysis of current online job postings found that there are at least 65 open teaching positions in the Yakima Valley.


Special-needs teachers in high demand in the Yakima Valley

Educators say the Yakima Valley isn’t immune to a growing statewide problem: It’s hard to hire, and even harder to retain, teachers who work with special-needs students.


Showing support

A sea of red shirts formed Tuesday afternoon outside the Clarkston School District Office as the first of what could be many rounds of contract negotiations began.


Teachers need more than appreciation

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and I intended to write on the subject, but a more newsy topic intervened. That’s an apt metaphor for what is happening to the …


Study: Despite modest income, teachers pay for class needs

Nearly all public school teachers report digging into their pockets to pay for school supplies, spending nearly $480 a year, far more than the federal $250 tax deduction available to …