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Lawrence school district announces new Kennedy Elementary principal

An administrator in the Kansas City, Kan., school district has been selected as the new principal of Lawrence’s Kennedy Elementary School, pending school board approval and effective July 1.

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Bishop Seabury eighth-grader reads way to state spelling bee championship

The secret of being a good speller, says Peter Westbrook, is to be an avid reader. It’s an opinion worth listening to as it comes from a Bishop Seabury Academy eighth-grader who won the state spelling bee March 4 in Topeka, improving on his fourth-place finish in 2015.

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Southwest Middle School student finds another way to attend national spelling bee finals

As an eighth-grader, Bryn Perrins has learned one door closing can open another opportunity.

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Education chief: Kansas needs to double college attainment rate

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson told a legislative panel this week that within three years, 70-75 percent of the jobs in Kansas will require at least a two-year associate's degree or training certificate. Currently, though, fewer than 40 percent of Kansans are achieving that level of post-secondary education within six years of graduating from high school.

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Teacher, former Marine wants to tackle equity issues as school board candidate

Those on the Lawrence school board — and those who frequent the board’s meetings — may find a familiar face in Melissa Johnson, 38. The teacher and mother of three has been a mainstay at school board meetings since last fall, when talk of equity issues often dominated headlines and public conversations between board members and parents like Johnson. “I think I’ve listened,” she says. “And I feel like I can contribute in a positive way.”

Superintendent to host informational meeting on bond election

All Lawrence school district parents are invited to an informational meeting Wednesday evening at Lawrence High School, 1901 Louisiana St. The event, hosted by Superintendent Kyle Hayden, will provide information about the district's upcoming bond issue.

After LHS student raises concerns, tribal chief wants to rescind Shawnee Mission North's use of Indian mascot

The chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma says she is recommending the tribe’s business committee rescind permission given Shawnee Mission North High School to use an Indian mascot.

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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.

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.