Enrollment Continues to Grow at Spokane Charter Schools

Sep 26, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Enrollment is expanding in at least one of Spokane’s two public charter schools and there’s a significant waiting list. That school, the Spokane International Academy, has expanded from one building to two and teaches kindergarten through eighth grade, except for the fourth grade. The second charter school, PRIDE Prep, teaches sixth-through-ninth graders.

Both opened their doors to reporters Tuesday.

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?

Inland Journal, April 6, 2017

Apr 6, 2017

Inland Journal for April 6, 2017

    ▪    We’ll talk with one environmental organization that is supporting efforts in Washington’s legislature to include logging as a way to reduce wildfire risk. It’s even cutting on its own land.
    ▪    We'll learn more Avista’s work to build a network of electric vehicle charging sites in the Inland Northwest.
    ▪    We'll talk with a St. Maries, Idaho man who helps weather forecasters keep an eye on flooding of the St. Joe River.
    ▪    Austin Jenkins from the Northwest News Network reports on a project that shows Washington legislative leaders aren’t eager to share their email messages with the public.
    ▪    Celebrating books and food Saturday in Pullman

Some Idaho lawmakers have an idea on how to get more qualified teachers into the state, by helping them pay their student loans.

Since 2110, the number of teachers in Idaho has been dwindling. By 2013 the number of teachers leaving Idaho classrooms was twice the number of teachers seeking certification, about 1800 versus 900.

Now comes a new proposal in the form of a bill that would grant new teachers in rural areas some relief to their student loans. The bill is sponsored by North Idaho Democratic representative Paulette Jordan.

Seattle 11th-grader Elijah Falk added it all up and decided: It made no sense to take the tests.