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The Kansas State Board of Education is still drafting new regulations that would require all teachers to be fingerprinted and undergo extensive criminal background checks as a condition of maintaining a license. But those plans are raising concerns about the cost being imposed on teachers. By Peter Hancock
Will Fernandez, principal at South Middle School in Lawrence, will retire at the end of this year. He has worked in the Lawrence school district since 2005.
The Kansas State Board of Education rejected a testing system being developed by a consortium of 22 states and instead hire Kansas University's Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation to develop tests aligned to the new Common Core standards. The move would save about $1 million a year compared to the SmarterBalanced tests, but it is unclear whether the U.S. Department of Education will approve the board's overall plan. By Peter Hancock
The Kansas State Board of Education voted 10-0 today to approve new handwriting standards for public schools. The model standards still give local schools discretion about teaching, but includes language saying the board "expects" them to ensure all students can write legibly in cursive. By Peter Hancock
The Lawrence school board formally updated several policies Monday night, including one that now prohibits parents from engaging in bullying behavior. Most of the updates reflect recent changes in state law and were recommended by the Kansas Association of School Boards. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence school officials are proposing a $12.5 million capital improvements plan for this year for building repairs, furniture replacement and other improvements. That plan is separate from the recent $92.5 million bond issue, but many of the projects are related. By Peter Hancock
Tonight's Lawrence school board meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m.
The Lawrence School District discovered that this summer, students involved in the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence’s summer program retained more of what they learned last year.
Teaching children how to write on paper with a pen or pencil may be going by the wayside in some parts of the country, but not in Kansas. By Peter Hancock
Architects will unveil schematic plans for upgrades and renovations at Free State High School and Kennedy School when the Lawrence school board meets Monday night. The projects are being funded with the $92.5 million bond issue voters approved in April. By Peter Hancock
A washed out front will team up with an area of low pressure and eastward moving cold front to provide the chance of a few isolated thunderstorms Thursday. If enough moisture is present, and this looking likely, a few of ...
Today's forecast: Highs today will reach the middle to upper 20s under partly sunny skies. North winds of 15-25 mph will make it feel that much cooler. By tonight, winds settle down and we drop into the single digits. Today's ...
Today's forecast: Today.... Blustery and overcast. A few flurries. Highs in the upper 30s. North winds 20-30 mph. Tonight.... Cloudy with a few flurries early. Cold. Lows in the lower teens. Today's headlines: A sixth-grader at Tonganoxie Middle School is ...
It looks to be a slightly warmer day today with a gusty wind from the south. We'll reach the lower 20s by mid-afternoon. Clouds will be increasing as the day progresses. Expect tonight's low to drop to about 20 degrees. ...
After patchy fog for the morning, the sun will make a debut today which will allow our daytime high to top out at 71 cool degrees. Expect the wind to stay out of the east between 5-10 mph for the ...
Cloudy skies will dominate the day with a daytime high reaching 81 degrees. The wind will remain out of the east between 5-10 mph through the evening. We could have a couple of showers sneak into the area tonight leaving ...
Perry-Lecompton Elementary School students attempt to set a world record in "Speed Stacking" on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. They were part of a nationwide effort to set the Guinness record for Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.
Baker President Pat Long made an announcement during groundbreaking ceremonies of the Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education on Friday Oct. 7, 2011. The building is a new addition to Mulvane Hall.
Students from all over the United States took part in National Walk to School Day, on Oct. 5, 2011. Students from Sunset Hills Elementary divided up into several groups and walked to school on a cool crisp morning.
About 200 freshman Mount Oread Scholars trekked up Mount Oread today, learning about the history and traditions of Kansas University. The scholars wore shirts with the phrase "What goes up, must come down," in reference to the KU tradition of walking down the hill during graduation.
Graduates and professors discuss the Center for Design Research at Saturday's open house. The students and professors helped create the eco-friendly building on KU's West Campus as part of a year-long course known as "Studio 804."
Kids at East Heights have been taking part in some wintry activities through the Boys and Girls Club to help cool off this summer. Included in the various types of fun are paper snowball fights, winter movies and winter apparel.
Laura Kirk talks about the experience she and her children's had with the school district's Welcome and Enrollment Center. They're looking forward to their first year in Lawrence schools.
Students of violin teacher Julie Holmberg perform for family and friends for their annual summer concert at South Park, July 8, 2011.
Omri Gillath, Kansas University associate professor of social psychology, is conducting research on ways of increasing and influencing an individual's level of generosity. In this video, Gillath tests his methods on LJWorld.com reporter Shaun Hittle.
Lawrence resident Macio Palacio has spent his senior year of high school at St. John's Military School in Salina. At the school, he's focused on his art and worked on his goals of going to art school or into the military.