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Lawrence school district addresses student Internet threats with caution, education

So far this school year, school administrators have reported threats to law enforcement that were made on the Internet by three Lawrence high school students. Such incidents call for both a serious response and preventive education, district officials say. “We take those very, very seriously and immediately turn those over the police for them to investigate,” said Lawrence schools Superintendent Rick Doll. “Students need to know when they post things on the Internet that’s a permanent record and whether they are kidding or they are serious, we have to take those very seriously.”

Panel declines action on school board conflict-of-interest bill

A special legislative committee agreed Friday not to make any recommendation about changes to conflict of interest laws governing school board members. That may effectively kill a bill introduced during the 2015 session that would have immediately disqualified many current board members from holding office. By Peter Hancock

Fewer Lawrence students meet reading and math standards under new test; elementary students fare best

Under the new state assessments in reading and math, twice as many Lawrence students are performing below grade level when compared with results from the old testing system. District officials say that because the new test is more rigorous, the drop in performance is not a surprise. “It is an expected outcome that when the bar is raised, there will be a lower percentage of students reaching that higher standard, initially,” said Terry McEwen, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the school district, in an email.

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Dogs are literacy stars for kids at Lawrence Public Library

Kids practiced reading aloud at the Lawrence Public Library on Saturday morning to an unlikely audience. The Tail Wagging Readers program lets area children read to a dog from Loving Paws Animal Therapy. Students can bring their own book from home or use one from the library, and read and interact with a therapy dog. By Rochelle Valverde

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Lawrence school board opposes shooting range near school; planning commission to vote Monday

Lawrence school board members are voicing opposition to a shooting range and gun shop that is proposed for a location across the street from the district’s new college and career center. “It’s not an appropriate location for a business that sells deadly weapons — that close to a school,” said school board member Shannon Kimball. By Rochelle Valverde

Two Kansas lawmakers who voted against block grants removed from education committee

Two Republicans who voted against the block grant school finance bill have been removed from the Kansas House Education Committee and replaced with legislators who voted in favor of the bill.

Lawrence student named finalist for Rhodes scholarship

A Kansas University senior from Lawrence has been selected as a finalist for the Rhodes scholarship for study in the United Kingdom.

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Lawrence educator named Blended and Online Learning Teacher of the Year

After having taught using traditional teacher-led instruction for 30 years, Lawrence elementary school teacher Paula Barr was about to try a different method — called blended learning — that also uses online material and individual or small-group work. “As a traditional teacher, all my 25 sponges sat at their desks and I poured into them everything that I thought they needed to know — I decided when, how and how much,” Barr said. “As a blended learning teacher, I take my sponges and throw them in the pool.”

Lawrence school board to review state assessment results

The Lawrence school board Monday will review the district’s results of the first state assessments under the new Common Core education standards.

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KU's remote piano program provides lessons to kids in need

Teneill Childers, 12, is one of nine students at Eisenhower Middle School taking part in Piano Without Borders, a groundbreaking new initiative from the KU School of Music that provides kids in need with private lessons remotely.

Deeper school cuts lack support in House

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 ...

City mulls massive budget cuts

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 ...

Student detained after bringing explosive device to school

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 ...

Schools will fight back if funding is cut

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. ...

Former KU research aide makes first court appearance

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 ...

Enrollment up in Lawrence public schools

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 ...

Behind the scenes in the lunch room with Bev Lockwood

As the kitchen manager at West Junior High, Bev Lockwood, talks about how much she enjoys working with kids and also the responsibility of looking out for them and their eating habits when they are at school.

Students try to set world record for speed stacking

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.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education

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.

International Walk to School Day

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.

Scholars walk up Mount Oread

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.

Center for Design Research building open house

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 make "snowballs" to beat summer heat

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.

Lawrence school district pulls everything together to make enrolling simple

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.

Children's Violin Recital in South Park

Students of violin teacher Julie Holmberg perform for family and friends for their annual summer concert at South Park, July 8, 2011.

KU researcher tests the generosity of LJWorld.com reporter Shaun Hittle

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.