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Economic and ethnic achievement gaps persist in 2017, state test results show

Kansas made almost no significant progress last year in narrowing the achievement gaps between economic and racial subgroups. Those results could weigh heavily on the Kansas Supreme Court when it reviews whatever action the Kansas Legislature takes next year to address the adequacy of K-12 school funding.

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Lawrence school officials weigh how to teach 'Huckleberry Finn'

Lawrence school district officials said Monday that there has been no official change in policy regarding the teaching of Mark Twain's classic novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," although talks have been ongoing behind the scenes about how to teach the controversial novel to a new generation.

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A teenager could become Kansas governor; four of them show off political skills at Lawrence forum

At a candidate forum at Lawrence Free State High School, the four Kansas teenagers who have lined up to run for governor said young people need to be more involved in government and civic life. The students who turned out for the event proved they already are engaged by peppering the candidates with questions on topics ranging from taxes and education to abortion and LGBT rights.

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Kansas schools may no longer group students by grade level as part of plan to remake education system

Kansas school officials are trying to redesign the way K-12 education is delivered in a project that they say is so ambitious, they are likening it to the NASA moon missions of the 1960s. In fact, the first seven districts that have agreed to launch pilot projects are being called the "Mercury Seven."

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Yoder hears complaints of negative tone in Washington toward teachers, public schools

Members of the Kansas State Board of Education told U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder on Tuesday that they sense a negative attitude coming out of Washington toward public education in general, and teachers in particular. Yoder came to the board to talk about federal education funding programs and to hear the board's concerns.

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Kansas students' test scores fall, but other academic indicators improve

Kansas elementary and high school students generally scored poorer on reading and math tests last spring than they did for the last two years, according to new data released Tuesday. But other indicators such as Advance Placement tests and dual-credit courses suggest more Kansas students are preparing themselves for college and careers.

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Kansas ACT scores dip as more students take test

The number of high school students taking the college entrance exam continued to rise in 2017, but the average scores dipped slightly in all four subject areas.

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Recapping the eclipse experiences of those who journeyed outside of Lawrence — and those who stayed behind

Even with overcast skies, eclipse observers in Lawrence generally tried to maintain a sunny attitude Monday as the big event — or lack of it — came and went.

Court rejects KPERS effort to limit benefits for teachers union leaders

A Shawnee County judge ruled recently that a teacher who is given a leave of absence to work as a leader of a local teachers union is still an "employee" under Kansas law and is entitled to earn service credit toward his or her retirement. The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System argues that those teachers are actually union employees and therefore should not receive service credit.

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Kansas schools preparing for sweeping changes in state oversight

The Kansas State Board of Education will take the first official step on Tuesday toward implementing sweeping changes in the way public schools in the state are accredited and held accountable for making sure students receive an adequate education.

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.