Peter Hancock (Statehouse/politics reporter)

I cover K-12 education. That includes Lawrence USD 497 as well as state policy issues from the legislature and State Board of Education. I am a graduate of the Kansas University with bachelor's degrees in political science and education. Before joining the Journal-World, I published an online news service called the Kansas Education Policy Report. I also spent nine years as the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and worked a couple of years as the spokesman for the (former) Kansas Health Policy Authority. You can follow me on Twitter (@pqhancock) or join our conversation about public schools on the First Bell blog.

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Members of the Kansas State Board of Education listen to an update on pilot projects to redesign public schools, projects that are being likened to NASA's moon mission of the 1960s.

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, right, R-Overland Park, talks with Kansas State Board of Education Member John Bacon, R-Olathe, following a state board meeting Tuesday.

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson presents the latest student performance data to the Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday.

Claudette Humphrey, who runs a program for Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas that helps people get out from underneath high-interest payday loans, testifies before a special joint committee of the Kansas Legislature in favor of a bill that would put tighter limits on the interest rates and fees those lenders can charge.

About two dozen people, most from central Kansas, gathered outside the Kansas Corporation Commission office in Topeka to protest a permit granted in September for an oil drilling company to operate injection wells in the Flint Hills.

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