Schools and education

State board of education holds off on teacher licensure proposal
04:56 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
The Kansas State Board of Education instructed a group of school districts to revise a proposal that would allow them to bypass licensure regulations when hiring teachers. By Elliot Hughes
Free State, LHS students come together for ‘good, clean’ ping-pong madness
05:19 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
Halfway through April, March Madness is still in full swing for Lawrence High School and Free State High School students watching and competing in a homegrown ping-pong tournament. By Caitlin Doornbos
Eudora School District to hold public forum on budget cuts tonight
April 15, 2015
The Eudora School Board will host a meeting Wednesday night to discuss plans to balance the district’s budget for 2015-2016.
Wichita considering free lunch and breakfast at 6 schools
April 15, 2015
The Wichita school district is considering a program that would offer free breakfast and lunch for all students at six schools next year.
Kansas State Board of Education to vote on allowing ‘innovative’ districts to hire unlicensed teachers
05:05 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
The Kansas State Board of Education on Thursday will vote on whether to allow designated school districts to hire unlicensed individuals for teaching positions. By Elliot Hughes
School district may increase property taxes to offset expected state funding cuts
April 13, 2015
Lawrence school district officials pointed toward increasing property taxes during its biweekly meeting Monday in order to offset an expected $1.6 million reduction in state aid.
Meet the Journal-World’s 2015 Academic All-Star team
April 12, 2015
Since 1997, the Lawrence Journal-World has invited principals and counselors from public and private schools in the area to nominate their most industrious soon-to-be-graduating students for the annual Academic All-Star team.
2015 All-Star group ‘knocking the socks off’ standardized test scores
April 12, 2015
Robert Harrington has been a judge for the Academic All-Star program since its inception in 1997. In this kind of competition, 4.0 GPAs are rather commonplace. But perfect ACT and SAT scores? Never before had he seen so many in one year.
The Academic All-Stars of 2005: Where are they now?
April 12, 2015
As is tradition, the Journal-World caught up with as many All-Star alumni as possible from the team 10 years ago. The class of 2005 left high school as decorated and ambitious students, and here’s where they stand today:
Other nominees for the 2015 Academic All-Star team
April 12, 2015
Twenty-six students were nominated for the team, and 10 were chosen as finalists.
KU business dean to Academic All-Stars: Be ‘resilient’
April 12, 2015
As students begin their college careers, it’s important for them to be resilient and embrace the complexity of themselves and others, said Neeli Bendapudi, the dean of Kansas University’s School of Business.
Lawrence, other cities, deal with many issues related to low voter turnout for local races
04:06 p.m., April 10, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
If you wonder why voter turnout is so low in many local elections, Michael A. Smith, an associate professor of political science at Emporia State University, suggests you talk to some local politicians.By Chad Lawhorn
Two newcomers, three incumbents win Lawrence school board seats; one incumbent voted out
April 7, 2015
The Lawrence school district will see two new faces join its governing board this summer — Jessica Beeson and Jill Fincher — while one incumbent, Bob Byers, will make an exit. Three incumbents will return to the board: current president Shannon Kimball, an attorney; Rick Ingram, a professor of psychology at Kansas University; and Marcel Harmon, an applied anthropologist who was elected to a two-year term. All other winners will serve four years.
Results: Soden, Boley, Herbert top Lawrence City Commission vote
Kimball, Beeson, Fincher, Ingram win at-large school board spots; Harmon wins unexpired term
06:36 p.m., April 7, 2015 Updated 09:08 p.m.
Lawrence voters showed up at the polls Tuesday to determine three seats on the Lawrence City Commission and five seats on the USD 497 school board.
Lawrence school district expects to repay $672,000 in state aid
05:56 p.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
The Lawrence school district has already received more state aid for its capital outlay and local option budgets than it’s entitled to receive under the new “block grant” school funding bill. Superintendent Rick Doll says that will result in a hiring freeze for classified employees this year and possibly fewer teachers in classrooms next year. By Peter Hancock
Kansas senator proposes bill on school transfer students
08:48 a.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:04 p.m.
A Kansas state senator is proposing a bill intended to ensure that school districts can’t remove current students who live outside their boundaries.
LHS class of 2015 wants to buy signature from Walt Whitman’s 1879 visit to Lawrence
06:33 p.m., April 2, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Lawrence High School is raising money to get a piece of history — and scholarly inspiration — for its halls. A signature of American poet Walt Whitman, penned during a two-day visit to Lawrence in 1879, is for sale through a rare book company. Bold black script on the piece of paper reads: Walt Whitman Lawrence Kansas Sept. 16 ’79 By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence school district opening enrollment for summer driver education
03:27 p.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Enrollment for the Lawrence school district’s summer driver education program will open April 11.
Free State High principal to resign
12:50 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Ed West, the principal of Lawrence Free State High School since the 2008-09 school year, will resign from his position to become the principal at Shawnee Heights High School in Topeka, pending school board approval.
Free State High students to compete in regional poetry competition
04:16 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:36 p.m.
Emotional, empowering stories from the lives of Lawrence students will sound out from a Kansas City stage this weekend. Free State High School’s slam poetry team recently earned a spot in Saturday’s finals of the KC “Louder than a Bomb” competition.
Plaintiffs seek to block new Kansas school funding plan
01:31 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 10:52 p.m.
Plaintiffs in an ongoing school finance case asked a three-judge panel in Topeka on Thursday to block implementation of a new school funding plan that Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Wednesday. By Peter Hancock
KU receives grant to study student information systems
March 26, 2015
Kansas University is looking to see whether the software that public schools use to track student information is being used effectively.
New school finance plan draws guarded support
05:19 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
A bill that would phase in a new kind of school finance formula over the next three years drew guarded support from some school districts and surprising interest from some education groups during a legislative committee hearing Tuesday. By Peter Hancock
Senate committee to hear proposal for new school finance formula
05:59 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:51 p.m.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Steve Abrams, R-Arkansas City, has introduced a new school finance formula that would return the state to a per-pupil funding system, but would significantly change the kinds of weightings used to provide additional money for higher-cost students and districts. The panel will hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday. By Peter Hancock
Schools struggle to bring students, teachers to rural Kansas districts
March 23, 2015
More than two-thirds of Kansas’ school districts are classified as rural by the U.S. Department of Education, and another quarter are town districts. Together they educate just over half of the state’s students. Yet many face challenges related to low enrollment, to their distance from cities or to serving wide swaths of land, and to budget cuts linked to the 2008 recession and the state’s 2012 cuts to income tax.
School board candidate profile: Shannon Kimball
March 22, 2015
Kimball, 41, is seeking her second term on the Lawrence school board after winning a seat in 2011 and spending this school year as the board’s president.
School board candidate profile: Jessica Beeson
March 22, 2015
Jessica Beeson, the director of alumni and community engagement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University, is one of seven people hoping to be elected to the Lawrence school board April 7.
School board candidate profile: Ronald Gordon-Ross
March 22, 2015
Right up on there on Ronald Gordon-Ross’ bucket list, along with visiting Venice and flying in a jet fighter, is serving on a local school board. Gordon-Ross, 40, is one of seven people hoping to be elected to one of the four four-year terms on the Lawrence school board on April 7.
School board candidate profile: Lindsey Frye
March 22, 2015
Lindsey Frye, a denied medical claims collector for Apria Healthcare, one of seven people running for a four-year term on the Lawrence school board April 7.
School board candidate profile: Bob Byers
March 22, 2015
Bob Byers, an employee in the state social work department for about 30 years, is one of seven people running for a four-year term for the Lawrence school board April 7.

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