K-12 Education

Peaslee Tech massively expands its course offerings through online partnership

The Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center has increased the number of classes it can offer — perhaps exponentially. Peaslee Tech is partnering with Cengage Learning’s Education To Go program to offer students hundreds of online courses. Students enroll through Peaslee, in person or ...

DA considering charges in suspected robbery, shooting of LHS students

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office was reviewing Friday’s double shooting case in which two teens were injured, though charges had not been filed late Monday afternoon. The two suspects — also both juveniles — would be scheduled to appear before a judge for detention ...

4 Lawrence schools are applying for redesign. What does that mean?

Teachers in four Lawrence schools voted recently to apply for the Kansans Can School Redesign Project’s Apollo phase — but if you don’t live and breathe Kansas K-12 education, that statement might leave you scratching your head. Here’s a primer on the statewide initiative — why ...

Teen convicted for stealing gun, providing it to fellow student at LHS

A teen has been convicted of stealing a handgun, which he then reportedly sold to another student at Lawrence High School. The teen pleaded guilty as charged to felony theft on Thursday in Douglas County District Court, according to online court records. Thursday's hearing was closed to the ...

Lawrence school board approves purchasing $278K in tech accessories

District leaders are hopeful that students who take their devices home after the last class ends in May will say more than “Great, Netflix all summer.” Lawrence school board members — including Rick Ingram, who voiced that concern at the Monday meeting — agreed they’d like to see ...

Lawrence school district to hold second community conversation on public safety

The Lawrence school district will hold the second of two community conversations on public safety on Tuesday at Free State High School. The conversation follows one that hundreds of parents and community members attended on Feb. 21 at Lawrence High School. It was prompted by multiple ...

Lawrence school board to consider purchase of $278K in technology accessories

Students in Lawrence middle and high schools can take their devices home for the summer, beginning this year. On Monday, school board members will hear a report from the staff behind that effort and consider requests to replace about $278,500 in accessories. The district rolled out 1:1 ...

Grant funds will boost ‘heart of the school’ at Cordley, Pinckney elementaries

Librarians at Pinckney and Cordley elementary schools in Lawrence have accepted a challenge that could garner up to $9,000 for new books and materials in their respective libraries. The Lawrence-based Northeast Kansas Library System, or NEKLS, announced Thursday that it has selected the two ...

Billy Mills Middle School assistant principal to retire in June

Anita Carlson, assistant principal of Billy Mills Middle School, plans to retire after 27 years with Lawrence Public Schools, according to a news release from the district. Carlson has served as a learning coach and curriculum specialist, and she taught foreign languages in the district’s ...

Prairie Park Elementary principal to resign this summer

David Williams, principal of Prairie Park Elementary School, plans to resign after 18 years at the school, the Lawrence school district announced in a news release Wednesday. Williams said in the release that his youngest son will graduate from Free State High School this year, and he’d ...

Free State High School senior named Kansas Youth of the Year — again

For the second year in a row, Ruth Gathunguri, of Lawrence, was named the Boys & Girls Club’s Kansas Youth of the Year at a ceremony in Topeka on Wednesday. Ruth, a senior at Free State High School, was selected for the second time as Lawrence Youth of the Year on Jan. 31. She took ...

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 ...