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In Lawrence, teachers share concerns of navigating ugly election season with kids

When it comes to politics, there are few topics that Chris Orlando, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Lawrence’s Southwest Middle School, won’t broach with his students.

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Quail Run students get a lesson in fire safety from local firefighters

Talib Muwwakkil, a firefighter with the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department, didn’t put out any real fires Wednesday at Quail Run Elementary School.

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Parade of Schools to highlight district's recent renovations

Seven Lawrence elementary schools will open their doors to the public Saturday during the district’s second annual Parade of Schools.

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Kansas Supreme Court skeptical of state's arguments in school funding case, suggests limited remedy

Some justices on the Kansas Supreme Court suggested Wednesday that funding problems for the state’s public schools could be fixed with a narrowly tailored remedy focusing only on categories of students who are currently falling below state standards.

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Kansas Supreme Court to review teacher rights

The state's largest teacher's union is challenging a 2014 law that repealed the right of veteran teachers to a due process hearing before they could be summarily fired.

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Lawrence sixth-grader honors family's history with great-grandfather's horn

Jackson Green has always appreciated old things. A recent haul from his grandparents’ house — the couple had just recently moved into “an old people’s home,” the 11-year-old explains — yielded a fresh haul of antiquities, among them a piano and a rotary phone.

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Lawrence Arts Center to introduce career preparation program for young artists

Neal Barbour likes to think of the arts as a tool belt. If you’re a creative type looking to build a career for yourself in art, he explains, you’ll need a complete arsenal in your tool belt — one that goes beyond talent and passion to include networking, personal branding, grant writing and other professional essentials.

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Lawrence back-to-school guide: What you need to know for the new year

As any seasoned parent will tell you, there's quite a bit more to the annual back-to-school routine than supply lists and spiffy new backpacks. For those new to the process or in need of a little guidance, here's a basic rundown of what you need to know (and do, because there's a lot) before school starts up.

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Affluent Kansas City suburbs at center of political backlash

Small-government Republican conservatives face a political backlash in Kansas because of the state's budget problems and battles over education funding, and the epicenter is in sprawling Kansas City suburbs where residents have cherished public schools for decades.

KU nets $1.25 million grant to train teachers on inclusion of students with disabilities in schools

Kansas University has secured a five-year, $1.25 million grant from the federal Office of Special Education Programs to help increase inclusion in schools, the university announced Tuesday.

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.