Education

Spokane elementary schools plan for extended days

Spokane K through 6th graders will be in school an extra half hour starting next school year. The move has been in the works for a year and will catch local elementary schools up with other school schedules in the state.

Washington schools move toward national standards

Despite opposition from many Washington teachers and their union about new national education standards and the tests that will judge how they are being taught, the state is ploughing ahead with its plans to embrace Common Core.

Wilson (virtually) visits Wilson

Local students had their wish finally came true Thursday as youngsters at Wilson Elementary finally got the opportunity to meet another Wilson: Russell Wilson.

Report: Washington tuition among fastest growing

A national report shows tuition at Washington's public universities increased more during the recession than in any state except Arizona. But Washington still doesn't approach the highest public university tuition in the nation.

New national test to be tested in Washington

It's education testing season in Washington state and across the nation. This year many public school students will be trying out a new kind of test that will eventually help school officials compare student achievement across the nation.

Spokane schools push for "Apple a Day" program passage

Many districts across Washington have tossed out tater tots and hot dogs for healthier meal options, but a lot of them don't have the right equipment in place to make meals from scratch. That could change soon, thanks to a proposed grant in the state legislature.

Spokane School District in need of substitute teachers

For the first time in decades, the Spokane School District is short on substitute teachers. Around the state and country, more and more teachers are retiring. District 81 is beginning to advertise to attract more teachers to apply.

Partisan politics dominate school board election

What's supposed to be a non-partisan race has turned into a display of party politics. The Coeur d'Alene School Board elections Tuesday are raising questions about the motivation of some candidates.

Gonzaga's largest class yet graduates

Parents, friends, and students packed the Spokane Arena for Gonzaga's graduation Sunday. The school says it's the largest graduation they've held due in part to their commencement speaker Archbishop Desmond Tutu.