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Educators sing, dance and poke fun during 24th annual Follies show

Lawrence teachers and staff poked fun at everything from the Kansas Legislature to the state's new testing system Friday night at the 24th annual Lawrence Schools Foundation Follies. The benefit show raised an estimated $30,000 for the foundation that helps support the educational mission of the Lawrence school district. By Peter Hancock

Lawrence teacher contract talks on hold pending legislative action

The Lawrence school district has postponed any further talks on a new contract for its teachers pending a final decision in Topeka on school finance. At issue is how much money the district will have to spend next year and whether teachers will continue to have administrative due process rights, or "tenure." By Peter Hancock

Lawrence would lose $1.7 million from school finance changes

The Lawrence school district would lose an estimated $1.7 million in spending authority if changes in the school finance law approved by the Kansas Legislature become law. But part of that could be recovered by raising local property taxes. Gov. Sam Brownback has not yet said whether he will sign those changes into law. By Peter Hancock

Lawrence students qualify for speech nationals

Lawrence and Free State high schools qualified two more students each to the national speech and debate tournament, which will take place this summer in Overland Park. That brings to eight the total number of local students going to nationals this year. By Peter Hancock

Annual variety show Foundation Follies set for Friday

Teachers and administrators with Lawrence Public Schools will sing, dance and entertain crowds Friday at the annual variety show fundraiser, the Foundation Follies.

School board to review legislative actions

The Lawrence school board will review recent actions by the Kansas Legislature dealing with school finance, teacher tenure and other education policies. The board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the district administration building, 110 McDonald Dr. By Peter Hancock

Education Commissioner DeBacker resigns

Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker submitted her resignation Wednesday to the Kansas State Board of Education. She has led the agency since 2009. By Peter Hancock

Bugs still being worked out of new testing system, KU says

Officials from Kansas University's Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation say that after getting off to a rocky start, the new online system that administers state assessments appears to be working normally now. By Peter Hancock

Kansas state school board reluctant to bless 'innovative districts' plans

Kansas State Board of Education members say they support the improvement efforts underway in two districts that have been designated "public innovative school districts." But they said they also think the law is unconstitutional and they are continuing to seek legal opinions on that question before moving forward. By Peter Hancock

Attorneys concerned about Kansas school package

Lawyers for parents and school districts at the heart of the Kansas school funding battle have concerns about the plan approved by lawmakers to address a state Supreme Court ruling.

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 ...

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.

Macio Placio talks about attending St. John's Military School

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.