Schools and education

Eudora student named Presidential Scholar semifinalist
April 24, 2015
Eudora High School senior Chloe O’Dell has been named a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholar competition.
Final stretch of construction nearing for 12 Lawrence schools
03:30 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
With students just under a month away from deserting their classrooms and hallways, the final stretch of construction is nearing for more than half of the Lawrence school district’s buildings. Two years after voters approved a $92.5 million bond issue to give all 20 schools a facelift and build a new technical education center, 12 of those projects are expected to be completed by the end of August. By Elliot Hughes
LHS hosting bone marrow registry drive through Saturday
09:57 a.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Members of the pubic can visit Lawrence High School Friday and Saturday to sign up for a bone marrow donation registry.
Free State student named Presidential Scholar semifinalist
04:01 p.m., April 22, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
Free State High School senior Anna Sophia Westbrook has been named a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars competition.
Kansas lawmakers see $25M worth of school funding surprises
05:01 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Kansas faces an additional $25 million hit in its next state budget to provide the aid it promised to public schools — something officials learned less than three weeks after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation to prevent such surprises.
6 Kansas school districts to close early, cite budget cuts
09:54 a.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
At least six school districts in Kansas plan to close a few days early this May because of budget concerns.
Nine Lawrence students to compete in national speech and debate tournament
01:22 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:05 p.m.
Nine students from Lawrence’s two public high schools have qualified for the National Speech & Debate Tournament this June in Dallas.
Audit finds UMKC business school ran up deficit to boost enrollment
April 19, 2015
The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s business school racked up a nearly $11 million operating deficit in its effort to gain national and global esteem, which ultimately tarnished the university’s reputation.
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.