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Schools and education

New sexuality education standards implemented throughout Lawrence public schools this year
August 15, 2014
The Lawrence school district will have national sexuality education standards in place for the entire district this school year. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence schools: Five cool people behind the scenes
August 15, 2014
As Lawrence students and teachers go back to class this week, we’re focusing on a few of the district’s standouts. Today, here’s a look at five people in the Lawrence school district who work behind the scenes to make things run smoothly. By Elliot Hughes
Lawrence schools: Five cool classes
August 14, 2014
As Lawrence students and teachers go back to class this week, we’re focusing on a few of the district’s standouts. Today, five cool classes.
Lawrence schools: Five standout teachers
August 13, 2014
As Lawrence students and teachers go back to class this week, we’re focusing on a few of the district’s standouts. Today, five teachers running some of Lawrence’s most successful classrooms.
Lawrence school board approves tax cut
August 12, 2014
With little fanfare, the Lawrence school board on Monday approved a budget that decreases the school property tax rate by 1.591 mills and provides an average 2 percent pay raise for teachers and other district employees. By Scott Rothschild
A few changes in store at Lawrence public school cafeterias
August 11, 2014
Hummus. Rice bowls. Sweet and sour chicken. Super nachos. These are among the new items being offered in Lawrence public school cafeterias this year in an effort to provide students with a wider variety of meal choices. By Giles Bruce
KNEA sues over tenure repeal
02:28 p.m., August 11, 2014 Updated 04:18 p.m.
Lawyers for the state’s largest teachers union say a provision of the 2014 school finance bill repealing teacher tenure rights is unconstitutional because it contains more than one topic. State officials said during debate on the bill that it is constitutional because all the provisions deal with education. By Peter Hancock
Kansas teachers’ union challenges anti-tenure law
August 11, 2014
The largest teachers’ union in Kansas filed a lawsuit Monday against a new state law that ended guaranteed tenure for public school teachers, arguing that legislators violated the state constitution by folding the new policy into a larger education funding measure.
Lawrence chiropractors: Avoid back pain when going back to school
August 10, 2014
Of all the back-to-school decisions parents in Lawrence make this week, one that could have long-lasting impacts on their child’s health is … which backpack to use. Local chiropractors say having a sturdy backpack that’s not too heavy and worn properly could save kids from developing back, neck and posture problems. By Giles Bruce
Families spend time together, prepare for school year in final days of summer
August 10, 2014
Thoughts of homework and teachers were far from Colin Bradt’s mind as he pushed together the couch and chairs of his family’s Lawrence living room last week. “I build a fort the other day, just because I could,” Bradt, 14, recalled. “I had the time to do it.” There, under his cushioned stronghold, Bradt snuggled up to his dog —a golden retriever and German shepherd mix named Storm— and took some time to enjoy the final days of summer.
Lawrence school board to hear report on student wellness; set to vote on budget
August 8, 2014
One of the goals of the Lawrence school board is to enhance “student wellness” with counseling and mental health services across the district. On Monday, the board will hear a report from district staff on how that effort is going. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas parents fear end of bingo fundraisers
August 4, 2014
Some parents at a Wichita school fear their annual bingo-night fundraiser will be canceled, after district officials reminded them that state law forbids pay-to-play bingo.
Lawrence school board members defend recess
August 3, 2014
Lawrence school board member Adina Morse compared the practice to something that one might see in a prison setting. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence school board advances tax cut, rebate for apartment project
July 28, 2014
The Lawrence school board on Monday advanced both a district budget that includes a property tax decrease and a tax rebate for a proposed high-dollar apartment building aimed at housing Kansas University students. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence board member named director of school foundation, will resign from board
July 28, 2014
Lawrence school board member Adina Morse has been selected as the next executive director of the Lawrence Schools Foundation, which provides funding to benefit students and teachers.
School district proposes cut in property tax rate
July 24, 2014
The Lawrence school district has proposed a budget that includes a decrease in the local school district property tax rate. By Scott Rothschild
Language courses prepare travelers to venture confidently abroad
July 19, 2014
When Erica Miller and her husband, David Miller, traveled to France last year, they could proudly answer “un peu,” a little bit, when asked if they spoke French.
JCCC programs help students, caregivers ‘demystify’ Medicare
July 19, 2014
Johnson County Community College wants to demystify the Medicare claims process. This summer JCCC offered a Medicare course for health care providers.
Social media, mobile tech top seniors’ education wish lists
July 19, 2014
Baby Boomers and older adults are becoming increasingly computer savvy, and they continue to fill technology-related continuing education classes at local colleges.
Online college coursework operates on competency model
July 19, 2014
More institutions than ever are granting degrees that can be mostly to completely obtained online, and working adults in particular are seeking out online degrees.
Professional certificates give job applicants a leg up, experts say
July 19, 2014
Specialized certificate programs are in increasing demand among both working professionals and students of all levels. With a high level of specialization offered in a relatively short time frame, certificates offer many potential benefits for those who want to demonstrate a leg up to current and future employers.
Kansas lawmakers worry about teacher fingerprinting
July 15, 2014
A state agency should reconsider fingerprinting 33,000 longtime Kansas public school teachers, a legislative committee recommended.
School board discusses how potential new police headquarters has implications for district land use
July 14, 2014
The Lawrence Police Department is not the only institution in town awaiting news as to whether a new police headquarters will gain approval. If the estimated $30 million facility becomes reality, a domino effect affecting Lawrence Public Schools could be possible. By Stephen Montemayor
Four Lawrence grads among National Merit Scholars
July 14, 2014
Four recent high school graduates from Lawrence were among the final group of National Merit Scholar designees to be announced this year. The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced Monday about 1,600 additional winners of scholarships financed by colleges and universities, joining about 2,500 other recipients announced in May.
Kansas board proposes big boost in education aid
July 8, 2014
Topeka — Kansas would phase in a substantial increase of $459 million in spending on its public schools over two years under largely symbolic proposals approved Tuesday by the State Board of Education.
Kansas won’t release data from reading, math tests
01:43 p.m., July 8, 2014 Updated 02:49 p.m.
Kansas won’t be issuing any report cards this year on how well its public school students performed on standardized reading and math tests after cyber attacks and other problems this spring, the state Board of Education decided Tuesday.
Brownback names state board candidate to K-12 panel
July 2, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday named Hoisington High School Principal Meg Wilson, a Republican who is running for the Kansas State Board of Education, to serve on the newly formed K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. By Peter Hancock
KNEA says it’s still planning lawsuit over repeal of teacher tenure
July 1, 2014
The state’s largest teachers union says it’s still planning to file a lawsuit challenging the repeal of teacher tenure rights in Kansas. KNEA officials had previously said it would be filed “before the end of June.” By Peter Hancock
Lawrence school board appoints former member Bob Byers to replace outgoing Diaz Moore
June 30, 2014
Bob Byers is back on the Lawrence school board after a little less than two years away. The board selected Byers from a field of 13 applicants during its Monday meeting to replace Keith Diaz Moore, who resigned in May to accept the position of dean of the University of Utah’s school of architecture.
West Middle School Honor Roll for spring 2014
June 30, 2014
West Middle School has announced its spring honor rolls.