Spokane Public Schools

Spokane Teachers Pressure District For Pay Raises

Aug 23, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

School teachers seeking a pay raise took to the sidewalks in downtown Spokane today [Thursday]. It’s one week before the new school year starts and they’re in the middle of negotiations with the district over how to distribute millions in new money from the state.

The Spokane School District is taking actions to make sure students feel safe, and know they have the opportunity to discuss their feelings and concerns over the deadly shooting at Freeman High School Wednesday.

Chris Moore, the district’s Coordinator for Student Services, says all school counselors are planning to have a major presence on campus the next few days:                          

Gonzaga University/Spokane Public Schools

The Gonzaga University campus has a United Nations feel to it this month. More than 400 immigrants and refugees are spending time learning English as part of the university’s annual Summer Language Program.

What started 18 years ago at Gonzaga as a summer session with 10 teachers and eight students has grown to a three-week program with more than 400 English-language learners.

Spokane Schools Address Suicide in Public Forum

Jun 12, 2017

Mental health counselors say one of the most telling symptoms from someone who is depressed and considering suicide is a radical change in behavior. In children, look for irritability and sudden anger. Those were two of many points made during a recent community forum on suicide at Lewis and Clark High School.

Spokane Schools Consider Grade Reconfiguration

May 4, 2017
wpde.com

So here’s the context for this first story. It’s about the Spokane School District and its quest to make sure that its schools are good places for kids to learn.

“We have a long-range bond plan in the school district that we started back in 2003,” said Associate Superintendent Mark Anderson.

“And the plan, at the time, was simply to replace Spokane’s old schools or modernize. We had plenty of them at the time," he said. "Also to keep our schools well maintained until it was their turn to get renovated. And it funded technology and funded safety and security. And the original plan was, every six years we would do a set of projects and then we would say, ‘who’s next?’”

nbcrightnow.com

Spokane Public Schools is holding a series of public forums to explore options for reducing class sizes in the district’s lower grades. That may lead to changes in which grades are assigned to which schools.

The state of Washington has required school districts to lower class sizes to a 17:1 student-teacher ratio for kindergarten through third grade.

Associate Superintendent Mark Anderson says Spokane will have to build more schools to meet that mandate.But the question is, should the district stay with its current alignment of kindergarten-through-sixth graders in elementary schools? Or should it tweak that structure?