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Schools and education

Lawrence school board to hold budget election by mail in January
September 22, 2014
The Lawrence school district will hold a mail ballot election in January 2015 to determine whether it can keep its local option budget at 33 percent beyond the 2014-15 school year.
Free State, Lawrence High students wear purple in protest against racial epithet, vandalism
September 19, 2014
Sprinkled throughout a sea of green and red, the color purple could be seen around the Lawrence High School football stadium during the rivalry City Showdown game between the Lions and the Free State Firebirds on Friday night. The stadium had been vandalized just the day before with a racial epithet and a phallic symbol outlined in shaving cream on the field. In protest of the actions, many students, parents and faculty from both schools donned purple — neither team’s school color — in solidarity against racial intolerance.
Lawrence school board to decide on mail ballot election for local option budget issue
September 19, 2014
The Lawrence school board on Monday will vote on whether to hold a mail ballot election in January to keep its local option budget at 33 percent.
Kansas commission on school efficiency delves into unspent cash
08:31 a.m., September 19, 2014 Updated 01:40 p.m.
Statewide data presented to a Kansas commission studying school efficiency shows districts are hanging onto more cash.
Lawrence schools’ College and Career Center breaks ground
September 18, 2014
A new technical education campus in Lawrence began the first steps of taking shape Thursday when the Lawrence school district and other stakeholders broke ground for the upcoming College and Career Center.
Suspects identified in LHS football field vandalism that included racial epithet
02:56 p.m., September 18, 2014 Updated 06:31 p.m.
Several high school students have been identified as suspects in connection with vandalizing the Lawrence High School football field. The vandalism, discovered Thursday morning, included a racial epithet and a phallic symbol outlined in shaving cream on the field. The vandals also reportedly egged a section of bleachers and moved athletic equipment.
Task force to consider school efficiency in Kansas
09:01 a.m., September 18, 2014 Updated 09:17 a.m.
A new commission tasked with looking for efficiencies within Kansas’ public school system is scheduled to meet Thursday at the Statehouse.
Staff at Kansas universities get pay raises
08:59 a.m., September 18, 2014 Updated 12:20 p.m.
Staff at five of six public Kansas universities who voted to leave the civil service received their first raises in several years.
Student disciplined for bringing toy gun to school; no incident involved
September 17, 2014
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School filed a police report Wednesday after a student was found with a plastic toy gun in school.
Peaslee Center denied $10 million grant
06:25 p.m., September 17, 2014 Updated 06:25 p.m.
An upcoming technical education center for adults in Lawrence has been denied a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
School task force leader makes recommendations
09:03 a.m., September 17, 2014 Updated 10:13 a.m.
The head of a school efficiency task force is recommending several changes to education policies in Kansas, including incentives for school districts to consolidate and potential restrictions on teacher bargaining rights.
United Way 2014 campaign seeks to double the number of donors in Douglas County
September 16, 2014
United Way of Douglas County kicked off its 2014 fundraising campaign at an appropriate location Tuesday morning: the soon-to-open Sports Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park. Improving the health of the community is one of United Way’s three major goals, and the new, 181,000-square-foot recreation center offers numerous fitness opportunities — from workout equipment to basketball hoops to pickleball courts — free of charge for Douglas County residents. By Giles Bruce
Kansas efficiency taskforce to meet this week
September 15, 2014
A wide range of topics will be on the table when a new Kansas commission meets to look for efficiencies within the state’s public school system.
South Middle School instructor receives Horizon Award
September 12, 2014
Laura Hochman, an English language arts teacher at South Middle School, on Friday received the Lawrence school district’s Horizon Award, which honors exemplary novice teachers.
Pinckney teacher receives district’s Horizon Award
September 11, 2014
Mark Buckman, a special education teacher at Pinckney Elementary School, received the Lawrence school district’s Horizon Award, which recognizes exemplary novice teachers.
12 Lawrence-area students named National Merit semifinalists
September 10, 2014
Twelve Lawrence high schoolers have been named semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which recognizes the top academically talented students in the country.
Marcel Harmon appointed to Lawrence school board
September 8, 2014
The Lawrence school board appointed Marcel Harmon, an active volunteer on the local school scene, as the board’s seventh member Monday. Harmon was chosen from among 14 applicants to replace Adina Morse, who resigned in August to serve as the executive director of the Lawrence Schools Foundation, which provides funding for the district.
New York Times art critic, a Lawrence High grad, says schools should teach visual literacy
September 5, 2014
The American education system should make sure students are better versed in the world of art, the co-chief art critic of The New York Times said at the Lawrence Schools Foundation community education breakfast Friday. By Giles Bruce
School board to fill vacancy on Monday
September 5, 2014
The Lawrence school board on Monday will name a replacement for former school board member Adina Morse, who resigned last month to take the position of executive director of the Lawrence Schools Foundation.
Preliminary report says Lawrence school enrollment went up 2 percent
September 2, 2014
An unofficial tally of enrollment by the Lawrence school district counted an extra 227 students, a 2 percent increase, compared with last year.
Kansas gets $350K to push healthier school meals
September 2, 2014
Kansas is receiving nearly $350,000 in federal grants to help schools serve healthier meals and snacks.
Lawrence High class of ‘64, celebrating its 50th reunion this weekend, was one for the history books
August 30, 2014
A famous mystery writer. A billionaire investor. A noted Native American sculptor. An engineer who worked on the International Space Station. What do all these people have in common? They were all members of the Lawrence High School class of 1964, which is celebrating its 50th class reunion in Lawrence this weekend.
14 apply for vacancy on Lawrence school board
August 29, 2014
At its Sept. 8 meeting, the school board will discuss the applications received and appoint a member to serve the remainder of Adina Morse’s term, which expires June 30, 2015.
Feds renew education waiver for Kansas
August 28, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it has given Kansas a one-year extension on its waiver from requirements of the No Child Left Behind law and removed the state from the list of those at “high risk” of having their waivers revoked and losing federal funds. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence school officials weigh pros and cons of later start times for teens
August 27, 2014
Area school officials are pondering the pros and cons of a later start time, after the American Academy of Pediatrics released a report this week recommending that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later to allow students to be better rested for classes.
Report finds Kansas schools not misusing funding formula
August 26, 2014
A Kansas Association of School Boards report finds the increase in children receiving free or discounted meals is tied to increasing poverty rates and is not a ploy to boost school funding.
ACT college readiness scores improve in Kansas
August 20, 2014
The percentage of Kansas high school graduates meeting the ACT college readiness benchmarks grew in 2014, but large racial and ethnic disparities remain. In Lawrence the average ACT composite score was unchanged from last year, but remains well above the state and national averages. By Peter Hancock
Sunset Hill Elementary to kick off school year with ‘Back to School Bash’
August 20, 2014
Sunset Hill Elementary School plans to open the new school year with its second annual “Back to School Bash,” hosted by the Sunset Hill Parent-Teacher Organization.
Lawrence schools: five cool gadgets
August 18, 2014
As Lawrence students and teachers go back to class, we’re focusing on a few of the district’s standouts. Today, five cool gadgets.
Lawrence schools: Five cool clubs
August 18, 2014
Growing tomatoes, painting murals or running miles on end. When it comes to the Lawrence school district’s many clubs, it matters less what students are doing and more that they’re doing it as a group. Here are five active clubs, from elementary to high school, gardening to art. By Sara Shepherd