K-12 Education

Conservatives seek to put strings on new Kansas school funds

TOPEKA — If Kansas' highest court is going to force state lawmakers to boost public education funding again, some conservative Republicans want something in return, including a say in how the extra money is spent and a voucher program to allow bullied kids to switch to private schools. A ...

District attorney drops criminal charge against Free State student accused of threat

A criminal case against a Free State High School student who reportedly told police he’d had thoughts of “shooting up a school” has been dismissed. After the teen successfully completed an Immediate Intervention Program — similar to getting a diversion in an adult case — with Douglas ...

Lawrence High School qualifies 9 for national forensics tournament

Lawrence High School’s forensics team came away from its first showing at an area tournament with nine students qualifying for national events this spring. LHS hasn’t participated in National Catholic Forensic League events before, coach Jeff Plinsky said, because its national tournaments ...

Lawrence eighth-grader takes 3rd place in state spelling bee

Asher Wolfe, an eighth-grader at Raintree Montessori School, finished third in the Sunflower State Spelling Bee, which took place Saturday in Wichita. All of the first-place winners of countywide spelling bees in the state's 105 counties were eligible to compete in the state bee on the campus ...

Lawrence Public Schools starting two hours late due to cold weather

Start times for all Lawrence Public Schools today will be two hours later than normal due to cold weather, the district announced early Monday morning. Start times for elementary, middle and high schools vary slightly, but all of them will be two hours later than normal, district spokeswoman ...

Firefighters safely rescue Pinckney student

Firefighters rescued a Pinckney School student who had climbed on some of the school’s window ledges to “an unsafe height” on Thursday, according to the school district. The student “exhibited inappropriate behavior” but was not harmed in the incident, according to an email from ...

Teen sentenced to 6 months of probation in gun exchange at Lawrence High

A teen involved in the exchange of a stolen handgun on Lawrence High School grounds has been sentenced to six months of probation, according to online district court records. The teen was convicted Feb. 5 of criminal use of a weapon for being under 18 and possessing a gun with a barrel less ...

New principals named for Sunflower, Woodlawn elementary schools

A current Topeka principal and a Lawrence school district administrator will soon become principals at Sunflower and Woodlawn elementary schools, respectively. Melissa Blevins has been principal at Ross Elementary in Topeka for two years, according to a news release from the district. She ...

150 volcanoes to erupt on concluding day of annual KU Engineering and Science Expo

Julia Velasco had an appreciative audience with whom to share her interest in astronomy Sunday at the annual University of Kansas Engineering and Science Expo. A family day crowd filed past the Cordley Elementary School fifth-grader’s science fair project and the 10 others set up on a long ...