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Lawrence school board members take oaths, elect president and vice president

As Lawrence's new school board members took their oaths Wednesday morning, the group also elected this year's president and vice president.

Kansas court orders state to immediately pay $49.6 million to local school districts

A three-judge district court panel ruled Friday that the state’s new block grant system of funding schools is unconstitutional, and it ordered the state to immediately pay nearly $49.6 million to local school districts to restore money that was cut from the current year’s budget when lawmakers passed a new school funding system in March. By Peter Hancock

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Employers tell state's education leader about need for more workforce skills

Real World 101 might be the most needed class in middle schools and high schools across the state, Kansas education officials learned Wednesday as they talked with Lawrence area employers about the quality of students graduating from the state’s school system.By Chad Lawhorn

Few hitches in Kansas math, reading tests this year

Kansas students and schools should have access to their scores in September from this year's state math and reading tests that officials say went off with relatively few hitches.

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Lawrence husband and wife teaching duo receive $10,000 'Bobs' Award

Lawrence High School's husband and wife music-teaching duo, Mike Jones and Rachel Dirks, have been named the first joint recipients of the Lawrence Schools Foundation's annual "Bobs Award." Amid a standing ovation from friends, family members and work colleagues, the award, along with a $10,000 check, was presented to the couple Wednesday afternoon in Lawrence High School's cafeteria.

Kansas officials urge schools to teach financial literacy

The chairmen of the Kansas House Education Committee and the State Board of Education are urging local school districts to teach financial literacy.

Attorney: Kansas need not have best school funding system

Kansas is not required by its constitution to have a perfect education funding system or the nation’s best, an attorney for the state told a district court panel Friday as it considered whether to block the state’s new school finance law.

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KCK superintendent tells court new funding mechanism is ineffective and is costing schools millions of dollars

The superintendent of the Kansas City, Kan., school district told a three-judge panel Thursday that funding cuts enacted this year, coupled with a budget freeze for the next two years, are forcing her district to cancel projects and reduce services to some of the state’s neediest students.

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Bike racks outside Pinckney Elementary fill up on Bike to School Day

Despite the threat of thunderstorms, Pinckney Elementary and other Lawrence schools saw many more kids arrive by bicycle than normal Wednesday. The posse of bicyclists came as a result of National Bike to School Day. Various schools encouraged their students to saddle up on two wheels and peddle over.

Three Lawrence public school students named National Merit Scholars

Three Lawrence public school students have been named National Merit Scholarship winners.

Schwegler Elementary School kindergartners and others learn martial arts moves

Young students from Schwegler Elementary School learn a high block move from Prime Martial Arts instructor Scott Base, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.

Woodlawn Elementary's Knit Wits club

A knitting club at Woodlawn Elementary School meets once a week to knit and Sunday, Jan. 25, they joined other members of the community in yarn bombing several trees and benches in front of the Lawrence Public Library.

Sunflower Elementary choir rehearses for big performance

Sunflower Elementary School's fourth- and fifth-grade choir, directed by Peter Gipson, rehearses Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, for an upcoming performance at the annual Kansas Music Educators Association State Conference, Feb. 27, in Wichita. The choir will present a warm-up concert before the event at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at South Middle School. The public is invited.

2014-15 Lawrence Master Teacher

Art teacher Darin Fischer was named 2014-15 Lawrence Master Teacher in a school assembly at Prairie Park Elementary, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.