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Teachers union backs Inslee for governor

SEATTLE – The state’s largest teachers union endorsed U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee for governor after Attorney General Rob McKenna backed out of plans to speak to the organization’s leadership on …


Student gains, teacher’s school linked, study says

SEATTLE – The academic progress of public school students can be traced, in part, to where their teachers went to college, according to new research by the University of Washington …


U-Hi teacher receives jail term

University High School teacher Michael Cronin was placed on paid administrative leave in August and has been sentenced to serve nearly a year in jail after being found guilty of …


Negotiators reach deal to end Tacoma teachers strike

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Negotiators have reached a deal to end a teachers strike that forced the cancellation of more than a week of school in Tacoma.


New education strategies endorsed

The challenge of preparing workers for jobs 20 to 40 years from now requires a “blended” approach combining technology and hands-on involvement by innovative teachers, says Mark David Milliron, an …


Shawn Vestal: Teachers ignored in education reform

If you want to “fix schools,” apparently, there’s one group of people you should ignore. Teachers.


West Valley High teacher spends summers as rafting guide

AFLOAT THE CLARK FORK, Mont. – The walls of Kyle Brock’s office are 200 feet high, the ceiling sky-blue, and there’s running water – about 4,000 cubic feet of it …


Penberthy retires from WV career of championing the underdog

After almost 40 years in education, Cleve Penberthy, 63, principal at Contract Based Education, is retiring from the West Valley School District. Penberthy has come full circle in his career …


Linda Carper retires after 31 years at EV

Linda Carper has been a ninth grade English teacher and a middle school librarian in the East Valley School District. After 36 years in education, she will retire at the …


Sherry Johnson has seen many changes in business education

Business education in schools has gone through many changes during the past 35 years. Students learned to type on typewriters when Sherry Johnson started her teaching career. She’s retiring after …


Skeffington-Gretsch retires after 29 years in Spokane schools

When Peggy Skeffington-Gretsch was growing up, first in Spokane and later in California, she somehow always knew she wanted to be a music teacher. And when Cooper Elementary School’s bell …


2011 Spokane Public schools retirees

Adams Elementary Cathy Hawley, teacher, 17 years of service


100 Spokane teachers receiving recall notices

Spokane Public Schools recalled 100 teachers Monday after the school board decided to not increase class size in the elementary grades. Of the 238 employees who received pink slips in …


Eye on Boise: Teachers union finds Luna losing support

BOISE – The Idaho Education Association has released partial results of a statewide poll it commissioned both last year and this year, showing that likely voters in Idaho continue to …


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 …


Editorial: Teacher incentives should be refocused

Four years ago, the Washington Legislature adopted what sounded like a smart reform: reward teachers who pursue an enhanced certification and give them a cash bonus to work at the …


State changing educator ratings

SEATTLE – While their students can earn anything from an A to an F for their school performance, nearly every American teacher gets one of two grades – unsatisfactory or …


Editorial: Fewer plans for teachers could save state millions

As Washington state lawmakers work to close a difficult budget hole that will undoubtedly lead to hundreds of educators losing their jobs, they ought to closely read a report from …


House panel OKs bills trimming teacher bargaining rights, imposing merit pay

BOISE – Controversial bills to trim Idaho teachers’ collective bargaining rights and impose a merit pay plan cleared the House Education Committee on Thursday and headed to the full House …


Editorial: Idaho school reform plan starts talks for solutions

The reality is that Idaho needs to change its public school system after being hit last year with a $128.5 million budget cut. Gov. Butch Otter’s newest budget holds education …


Smart Bombs: Here’s a teachable moment

We’ve heard plenty about how public employees are to blame for budget deficits around the nation. It’s as if the Great Recession never happened, and instead public employee unions suddenly …


Idaho teachers in demand despite proposed cutbacks

BOISE – Job opportunities for teachers in Idaho are relatively good and, based on projections, will likely continue to be that way, educators and state officials said. A growing state …


Degree-based bonuses for teachers draw scrutiny

SEATTLE – Every year, American schools pay more than $8.6 billion in bonuses to teachers with master’s degrees, even though the idea that a higher degree makes a teacher more …


Reid garden intended to keep memory of EWU lab school alive

The memory of the lab school on the Eastern Washington University campus in Cheney will live on in a new garden. The Robert Reid Elementary Lab School didn’t only teach …


Teacher tribute

‘At the age of 11, I entered Bill Javane’s sixth grade. I was short, timid, anxious. My teacher opened my eyes to the world and to my own powers in …


Retired Coeur d’Alene teachers co-author second whodunit

Three retired Coeur d’Alene High School English teachers who have collaborated on two murder mystery novels say they followed Mark Twain’s advice to “write what you know.” The one exception: …


Spokane teacher of Year honors go to three

Three teachers in Spokane Public Schools have been honored as Teacher of the Year. Dorene Brown, a teacher at Rogers High School, was named the Washington State ProStart Teacher of …


School salaries ruling nullified

SEATTLE – Variation in the way Washington teachers and other school staff are paid does not pose a constitutional problem, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In overturning a King …


Wash. Supreme Court overturns school salary ruling

Variation in the way Washington teachers and other school staff are paid does not pose a constitutional problem, the Washington Supreme Court ruled today.


Longtime Spokane Education Association leader discusses state of local schooling

Maureen Ramos has been in the classroom for 45 years. The 66-year-old teacher will be retiring this year, after spending the past eight years asking hard questions as the president …