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WSU Medical School
5:45 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

WSU Board Green Lights New Medical School In Spokane

An existing building on WSU’s Spokane campus would be used for the university’s proposed new medical school. WSU faculty already teach University of Washington students here through a collaborative agreement between the universities.
Credit Northwest News Network / Northwest News Network

Washington State University's Board of Regents unanimously approved a plan Friday to establish a medical school in Spokane. It has the potential to generate 120 new doctors every year in the Northwest. But the move also tees up a fight between Washington's two largest public universities.

The University of Washington in Seattle is currently the state's only public medical school.

But WSU Spokane chancellor Lisa Brown says the program just isn't enough to satisfy the shortage of doctors.

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Education
6:12 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Little Change In National Twelfth Grade Math, Reading Scores

Score gains for math and reading among high school seniors in 11 pilot states.
Credit U.S. Department of Education

The federal government just released its latest national test scores for high school seniors and it’s not good news. A significant number of graduates are below standard for math and reading. But there are some signs of improvement in the Northwest.

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Portable Classrooms
8:06 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Inside The Box: Overcrowded, Underfunded Schools Turn To Environmentally Costly Portable Classrooms

Toys adorn the tackboard walls of Billie Lane's portable classroom at Puyallup's Kalles Junior High, where she's taught for 16 years.
Credit Katie Campbell / EarthFix

Thousands of students in Washington and Oregon go to school in what are known as “portable classrooms."

These temporary structures were a quick solution to the problem of growing population and lack of funding for school facilities in parts of the Northwest.

But many of these “temporary” structures are still around. They’re not environmentally friendly or healthy places for students to learn.

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School Safety
4:54 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Despite Calls To Arm Teachers, Most Schools Opt For Other Measures

A new controlled entry system in the Coeur d'Alene schools requires visitors to speak to the front office over video before coming in.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 10:07 am

Parents and students across the Northwest are seeing many new security measures as a result of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.

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School Gun Proposal
5:20 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Idaho School Boards Reject Firearms Training Program

Members of the Idaho School Boards Association set their 2014 legislative agenda at their annual meeting in Coeur d'Alene.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 4:11 pm

School boards across Idaho have rejected a contentious plan to set up gun training for staff and teachers.

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Teachers and Guns
4:52 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Idaho School District Dumps Plan To Arm Teachers

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Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:16 pm

Officials at a school district in north Idaho say a plan to arm teachers is off. The proposal has been generating controversy in the Sandpoint area.

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Mental Illness
5:58 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Teen In Alleged Albany Bomb Plot Could Have Rare Mental Condition

Grant Acord's mother posted this statement explaining her son's medical condition on the front door of her Albany home.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The Oregon teenager accused of plotting an attack on his high school has obsessive-compulsive disorder brought on in a rare way: a strep infection. That's according to his mother. 

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Police Searches
5:30 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Washington State Lawmakers Consider Expanding Police Search Power

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 5:23 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Police officers could search students’ lockers, backpacks and pockets without permission under a bill in the Washington legislature. The measure has already passed the Washington state Senate and was the subject of a hearing Thursday in the House.

Sen. Mike Carrell introduced the bill. He’s a former high school teacher. He says it would give trained officers greater ability to head off possible tragedies.

“We’re putting our schools, our children and our personnel at potential risk," Carrell says. "You know what has happened in schools.”

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Oregon Universities
6:41 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Oregon Universities Fastest-Growing In Nation

Enrollment in Oregon’s public universities has grown faster than those in any other state in the country. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, Rob Manning has more on a new national study.

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School Safety
6:23 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Washington Senate Passes Funding For School Security

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:39 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are moving ahead with their first education-spending bill of the year. The state Senate voted Monday to approve a $500 million in school construction bonds. Ten million of that would go to equip every school with a panic alarm by 2014, among other security measures.

Democratic Sen. Sharon Nelson said this was a step toward increasing gun safety. She says her next goal is to create more background checks for gun buyers.

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