K-12 Education

Lawrence school district, teachers union reach tentative agreement on contract

The Lawrence school district and the local teachers union ended a three-month impasse Tuesday with a tentative agreement on a 2018-2019 contract that will give all teachers in the district a $1,200-a-year raise. David Cunningham, the district's legal counsel and executive director of human ...

Lawrence school board approves 26 new high school courses for next school year

The Lawrence school board approved adding 26 new high school courses for the 2019-2020 school year that district administrators said would create post-graduation employment opportunities and increase the odds of college success. Patrick Kelly, director of the Lawrence College and Career ...

Senior brings national champion confidence to LHS debate squad

There is an element of debate that spurs doubts in competitors, says Lawrence High School senior Vera Petrovic. “An activity like debate can give you so many special skills for the rest of your life,” she said. “But it can also make you feel incredibly doubtful sometimes, because you are ...

Kansas teacher recruitment effort attracts just 3 educators

TOPEKA — An effort to attract more teachers to Kansas has recruited just three educators so far, but the state is still on the hook to pay $270,000 to the organization behind the program. KCUR reports that the Legislature agreed to pay the education nonprofit Teach for America for the pilot ...

Teenager who took loaded handgun to Free State High School no longer enrolled

A Lawrence teenager who brought a loaded handgun to Free State High School in the spring is no longer a student in Lawrence Public Schools, the district confirmed Monday. But the district will not say if he was expelled or dropped out after the incident. “Due to student privacy rights, the ...

Lawrence school board to consider striking class-size goals from policy

The Lawrence school board will consider Monday a committee's suggestion to remove existing elementary class-size goals from board policy. The action before the board is a recommendation to strike from policy the district's class-size goals, which are to keep kindergarten through third-grade ...

Elementary students make their voices heard in Boys & Girls Club mock election

Even though their votes didn't count, hundreds of Lawrence elementary students were making their voices heard on Election Day. The members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence at local elementary schools cast mock ballots on Tuesday to participate in the Kansas Kids Vote activity and learn ...

Start high school classes at 9 a.m.? Lawrence district is considering it

The Lawrence school district is set to conduct telephone and online surveys to find out what students, parents and staff think about starting high school classes later in the morning. Lawrence Deputy Superintendent Anna Stubblefield said the surveys were being finalized and would be sent no ...

Baldwin City school district, teachers reach contract agreement

The Baldwin City school board and district teachers have reached an agreement on a 2018-2019 contract that gives all teachers a $500 annual raise and a $500 holiday bonus. Baldwin City Superintendent Paul Dorathy said the school board on Monday approved a negotiated contract that raises the ...

Voters Guide: Newcomer, political survivor contest for 42nd House seat

The 42nd House District race pits incumbent Republican Jim Karleskint, of Tonganoxie, against Democrat Thea Perry, of rural Tonganoxie. The 42nd District includes Eudora and western Leavenworth County. Karleskint, 71, is seeking his second term in the 42nd District seat. Running as a moderate ...