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Chicago teachers, district reach tentative deal; no strike

Chicago teachers and the nation’s third-largest school district struck a tentative deal on a new contract late Monday, averting what would have been the second major strike since 2012 for …


UI to use grant to study online courses for rural teachers

Teachers in rural areas will be able to advance their math education through online courses and video coaching under a $2.8 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to the University …


Chicago lays off almost 500 teachers, another 500 school-based workers

Chicago Public Schools is laying off almost 500 teachers and another 500 school-based staff members, the district said Friday. The teachers being laid off will be eligible to apply for …


Saint Martin’s University fights faculty unionization efforts

Saint Martin’s University is asking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a stay in the certification of a recent unionization vote by members of its non-tenured faculty.


Idaho board OKs master teacher pay bonuses

Experienced teachers in Idaho looking for a bonus will have to show their work just like their students under a new plan recently adopted by the Idaho State Board of …


Opinions from past add perspective

Editorial topics include World War I and Germany, Idaho colleges, treatment of soldiers’ families and merit pay for teachers


Parents complain about handcuffing of elementary students

Angry parents are demanding action after they say at least five students were handcuffed at a Middle Tennessee elementary school for not stopping an off-campus fight.


Chicago teachers to strike over contract, budget

Thousands of Chicago teachers plan to walk off the job for one day on Friday, shutting down schools in the nation’s third-largest district.


Teacher pay raise in House supplemental budget

House Democrats in Washington have released their supplemental budget proposal, which would close several tax exemptions to pay for the salary increases of public school teachers.


Washington Legislature: What’s alive, dead?

Nearing the halfway point of the 60-day Washington legislative session, here are some other bills that still can pass, and others that appear to be dead.


Reducing state teacher shortage aim of new bill

The Washington House has passed a bill that seeks to increase the number of public school teachers in the state, in response to a perceived shortage.


Spokane educators vote to go on strike

Spokane Public Schools employees on Friday voted to strike just four days after school starts next week. But the Spokane Education Association, which represents the workers, has not abandoned negotiations.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 28, 2015, 9:50 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools employees vote to strike if agreement not reached in a week

Employees of Spokane Public Schools have voted to go out on strike beginning Friday, Sept. 4, only days after the first day of school on Monday.


Shawn Vestal: Students who need teachers most are least likely to get higher-skilled ones

There’s a lot of research in education that suggests the single most important factor in students’ academic success is the teacher. And there’s a growing amount of research suggesting the …


Board of Education endorses pay ladder for Idaho teachers

BOISE – Idaho’s state Board of Education has unanimously endorsed legislation to set up a “career ladder” for Idaho teachers, phasing in substantial pay increases if teachers meet performance standards. …


Program takes byte out of gender gap

A wall and at least one generation separated two groups of students learning computer programming skills in Coeur d’Alene this week. In one classroom, 26 middle school girls took some …


Washington teacher evaluation system threatens waivers

SEATTLE – Education will be a focus when the Washington Legislature convenes in January, but money won’t be the only issue on the table. Lawmakers must also bring the state’s …


Mead School District’s Riverpoint Academy looks to build endowment

Mead School District’s Riverpoint Academy can be described in one word: unconventional. That applies to the students, the classes, the equipment and, soon, a funding source.


Centennial’s meet and greet hopes to ease first-day issues

It’s every middle schooler’s worst nightmare. You show up on the first day and try to open your locker. It doesn’t work.


Levy passes, reversing school district’s cuts

Voters in the Plummer-Worley School District in North Idaho approved a two-year tax levy Tuesday that will enable school officials to restore funding for athletics, full-time kindergarten and five-day school …


Eye on Boise: Tom Luna’s school fund push stalls

BOISE – Political fireworks flew at the Idaho state Land Board last week, as, for the second time in five years, state schools Superintendent Tom Luna sought to boost the …


ESDs prove invaluable to small school districts

At a time when money for education remains tight, taxpayers are spending about a quarter-billion dollars each year on a little-known bureaucracy that operates between local schools and Olympia. Dozens …


School districts rely on substitute teachers

Susan Rodgers has substituted in K-12 classrooms in North Idaho for 30 years. Some days are spent working one-on-one with special education students; on other days she might be managing …


Thanks, teachers, but shut your traps

Once again, the mask of “educational reform” has slipped to reveal its real face: anger toward teachers. Anger toward teachers – always prefaced, conditioned, softened and front-loaded with B.S. – …


Education Notebook: St. George’s teacher wins grant

John Nord, a math teacher at St. George’s School, has won a $6,000 grant in the Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Travel Grant Program. Nord was one of 15 teachers awarded …


AD McKnight retiring after 39 years with West Valley School District

Wayne McKnight, 62, has been a fixture in the West Valley School District since before he began to teach. He’ll retire at the end of the school year. He attended …


Teachers union leads in state lobbying costs

SEATTLE – The Washington Education Association spends more on lobbying the Legislature than any other group and more than twice as much as the next-highest lobbying organization, a health care …


Education Notebook: ‘Dining Room’ opens tonight at LC

Lewis and Clark Tiger Drama will stage “The Dining Room,” beginning tonight. The show continues Friday and Saturday. All shows are at 7 p.m. in the LC auditorium, 521 W. …


Students, artists will honor teacher Marjory Halvorson

Marjory Halvorson began singing in grade school and she always knew she wanted to make singing her profession. Her family, however, wanted her to become a teacher. The long-time voice …


Former teacher pleads not guilty in sexual misconduct case

A former English teacher and girls’ track coach at Shadle Park High School pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of sexual misconduct with a former student. Court documents filed on …