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Schools and education

LHS junior clinches top-60 finish at debate nationals; FSHS sends five
June 21, 2014
One morning this week, Lawrence High junior Hayley Luna received a text message from her debate coach, Jeff Plinsky, as she prepared for the semifinals of the National Speech and Debate Tournament’s congressional debate category. “All of LHS’ eyes are on you. Go get ‘em,” Plinsky wrote. By Stephen Montemayor
Bishop Seabury Academy announces spring honor roll
June 19, 2014
Bishop Seabury Academy has announced its spring honor roll
Amid election-year criticism on school funding, Brownback touts career and technical education
June 18, 2014
As the election-year debate over his record on education funding heats up, Gov. Sam Brownback is pointing to the success of a program that targets funding for career and technical job training for high school students. Speaking in Manhattan on Wednesday, Brownback said enrollment in post-secondary job-training programs has doubled since the initiative began in 2012. By Peter Hancock
Brownback names two superintendents to new education panel
June 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed two school superintendents to serve on a newly created Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. They are superintendents Dr. Jim Hinson, of Shawnee Mission, and Bev Mortimer, of Concordia. By Peter Hancock
Not too early to think about back-to-school immunizations
June 16, 2014
It’s never too early to think about back-to-school immunizations, given that several vaccines are required for schoolchildren across the state. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence High School announces second semester honor roll
June 12, 2014
Lawrence High School has announced its second semester honor roll.
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School announces second semester honor rolls
June 12, 2014
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School has announced its second semester honor rolls.
Young Wikipedia editors become ‘Warriors’ during weekly library course
June 12, 2014
At least a handful of Thursday’s worldwide torrent of Wikipedia edits and uploads originated inside a cool room at the Lawrence Public Library, their authors likely among the site’s youngest editors. By Stephen Montemayor
Veritas Christian School announces second semester honor rolls.
June 11, 2014
Veritas Christian School has announced its second semester honor rolls.
South Middle School announces honor roll
June 11, 2014
South Middle School has announced its second semester honor rolls.
Court panel sides with Kansas Legislature on school funding equity
06:09 p.m., June 11, 2014 Updated 07:12 p.m.
A three-judge panel in Topeka said Wednesday that the Kansas Legislature satisfied a Supreme Court order to equalize funding between rich and poor school districts. But the larger question of whether overall school funding is adequate to meet the needs of students is yet to be decided. By Peter Hancock
Corpus Christi Catholic School announces honor roll
June 10, 2014
Corpus Christi Catholic School has announced its most recent honor rolls.
Education board approves ‘innovative schools’ despite constitutional concerns
June 10, 2014
The Kansas State Board of Education granted sweeping waivers from state laws and regulations to two school districts, despite concerns that the law authorizing such waivers may be unconstitutional. But the board also attached conditions to those waivers that were not authorized in state law. By Peter Hancock
Schools officials: Testing results plagued with technical problems
June 10, 2014
Roughly one-third of the reading and math tests that Kansas students took this year were so plagued with technical problems that the results are considered invalid. As a result, state officials are urging the Kansas Department of Education not to release much of the data, which is meant to hold schools and districts accountable for improving student achievement. By Peter Hancock
Doll likes new path for some teachers
June 8, 2014
Lawrence School Superintendent Rick Doll on Wednesday applauded changes that would allow school boards to hire teachers with subject area expertise who don’t have degrees in education. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas teachers’ union to challenge part of education law
June 6, 2014
The largest teachers’ union in Kansas says it will mount a legal challenge to parts of a new law that will end guaranteed tenure in public schools and encourage corporate funding for private school scholarships.
Lawrence schools celebrate 81 adults who earned high school-level degrees
June 5, 2014
On Thursday, the Lawrence school district celebrated 81 adults for their choice to go back to school and get that degree. A graduation ceremony was held at Southwest Middle School for all those who earned their diploma or its equivalent through the district’s Adult Education Services program.
State Board of Ed approves regulations for hiring teachers with subject expertise but no education degree
June 3, 2014
The State Board of Education on Tuesday approved regulations that would allow schools to hire teachers in certain subject areas who don’t have education degrees but bring subject expertise to the classroom.
Lawrence school district, teachers reach tentative contract agreement
June 2, 2014
Negotiators for the Lawrence school district and its roughly 900 licensed teachers reached a tentative agreement Monday night on a new contract that provides an average 2 percent pay increase for teachers and lets them keep most of the tenure rights for veteran teachers that Kansas lawmakers repealed from statute earlier this year. By Peter Hancock
Area students earn College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships
May 28, 2014
Seven area high school seniors have been awarded college-sponsored scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. By staff reports
State board seeks input on hiring new education commissioner
May 28, 2014
The Kansas State Board of Education is hosting a series of focus group sessions to solicit public input on the hiring of a new state education commissioner. One session will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence school district’s administrative office. By Peter Hancock
Free State chemistry teacher wins $10,000 ‘Bobs’ Award
May 28, 2014
The Lawrence Schools Foundation named Free State High School’s Jordan Rose the winner of the 2014 “Bobs” Award. The $10,000 prize goes annually to an outstanding teacher in the Lawrence school district. By staff reports
Lawrence schools to put more emphasis on arts and libraries
May 27, 2014
Lawrence school administrators are proposing new programs to combine art education with science, engineering, technology and math at all grade levels. They also plan to shift library personnel so all school libraries will be open for more hours. By Peter Hancock
Local school officials unconcerned about US News rankings
May 27, 2014
None of the public high schools in Lawrence or Baldwin City made this year’s list of top high schools ranked by U.S. News and World Report. But superintendents of the two districts say such rankings have little meaning for them. By Peter Hancock
Southwest Middle School student ready for national spelling bee
May 27, 2014
This year, Ethan Perrins had his mind set on just winning a spelling bee at Southwest Middle School. But on Tuesday, he’ll walk on stage with ESPN cameras pointed at him, ready to take on whatever words they throw at him for the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. By Elliot Hughes
Lawrence schools maintenance supervisor retires after 38-year career
May 27, 2014
On his first day of work for Lawrence Public Schools, maintenance supervisor Bryan Hunter was given the task of tidying up the grounds of Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. It was 1976, and Hunter, then 22 and fresh out of college, found himself picking up trash using a stick with a nail attached to the end.
Net neutrality rules stirring concerns in Lawrence
May 26, 2014
Local consumers and businesses could see slower service and higher costs for Internet service under rules being proposed by the Federal Communications Commission, local experts say. The “net neutrality” rules would allow ISPs to create so-called “fast lanes” for certain content providers like Netflix and YouTube, which could mean slower traffic for other web services. By Peter Hancock
Hillcrest student-turned-teacher calls it a career after 39 years
May 24, 2014
Kristi Carlsen Jewell’s plane touched down on the tarmac at LaGuardia International Airport late Friday morning as she prepared to visit her son, less than 24 hours after closing a decadeslong chapter at Hillcrest Elementary — first as a student, then a teacher for 39 years.
LHS special education staff receives $1,000 teamwork award
May 23, 2014
Lawrence High’s special education staff received the Lawrence Public Schools’ annual Teamwork Award at the school’s year-end faculty luncheon, earning $1,000 to be used toward team activities.
Bishop Seabury Academy bids farewell to Class of 2014
May 23, 2014
Bishop Seabury Academy held its traditional commencement and “stepping up” ceremony Friday morning. Head of School Don Schwang said the Class of 2014 was one of the strongest academically in the school’s history. By Peter Hancock