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Several Lawrence, Free State high school students selected for All-State music ensembles

Lawrence will be well represented at this month’s Kansas Music Educators Association All-State High School orchestra, band and choir concerts in Wichita. Judy Erpelding is sending two of her students (with another waiting in the wings as an alternate) to this year’s All-State orchestra concert, slated for Feb. 25 at Wichita’s Century II Convention Center. It’s a huge honor, she said for the young musicians, who had to first audition successfully for a spot on the competitive northeast district orchestra — which includes dozens of high schools across 14 Kansas counties — in order to advance to All-State auditions.

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Southwest Middle School to compete at national Future City competition

This week, Danielle Lotton-Barker will board a plane to Washington, D.C., where her students are due to compete in the national Future City competition against some 30 teams from middle schools across the country. It’s exciting, to be sure, but it’s also not her first time making the journey.

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Bishop Seabury eighth-grader becomes 2-time champ of Douglas County Spelling Bee

The large No. 1 that Peter Westbrook was given to wear on his chest at Saturday’s Douglas County Spelling Bee proved to be prophetic.

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Lawrence school officials brief lawmakers about virtual schools

Officials from the Lawrence and Spring Hill school districts, which operate the largest virtual schools in the state, briefed a House committee Thursday about what virtual schools do and how they operate. The K-12 Education Budget Committee will be responsible for crafting the House's version of the state's next school finance formula.

Public, private high schools spar over sports classifications

Some public school athletics directors want to change a state law so that wealthy, private sports powerhouses would have to play in a higher classification against larger schools. Athletics directors in private schools say that's fine, as long as any new rules apply to all schools equally.

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Kansas Supreme Court rejects KNEA suit on teacher tenure

In a unanimous ruling, the Kansas Supreme Court said a 2014 bill revoking due process rights for veteran teachers did not violate the Constitution's one-subject rule. Democrats say they'll introduce legislation to restore those due process rights.

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High-ranking Indian education official will speak at Haskell convocation

Haskell Indian Nations University’s spring convocation is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday at Haskell Auditorium, the university has announced. The public is invited to attend the event.

Lawrence High School to host Hispanic College Fair

Lawrence High School will host its third annual Hispanic College Fair from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at LHS, 1901 Louisiana St.

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Kansas announces partnership to expand broadband access in public schools

The Kansas Connect and Learn Initiative will use federal and state utility funds to extend and upgrade high-speed internet connection to classrooms throughout Kansas. The nonprofit organization EducationSuperHighway will provide free consulting services to districts taking part in the initiative.

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More students at both top and bottom of Kansas assessment scores

More students showed they were on track for college or careers based on the latest round of state test scores for reading and math. But there was also growth in the number of students scoring at the lowest achievement levels.

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.