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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Karen Hough, a 1985 graduate of Lawrence High School, is an author, actress and consultant whose firm ImprovEdge uses the principles of improvisational theater to help businesses and organizations be more creative and productive. She was the keynote speaker Friday at the Lawrence Schools Foundation community breakfast.

Amy Martin, left, president of the Kansas Association of School Boards, and KASB lobbyist Mark Tallman outline the organization's priorities for a new school finance formula during a news conference at the Olathe Advanced Technology Center.

Fort Hays State University President Mirta Martin, right, says a state law going into effect next year requiring universities to allow concealed weapons in all campus buildings will apply to her official residence, which is owned by university.

The University of Kansas Hospital is undergoing a major expansion at its main campus in Kansas City, Kan. But it is also growing externally through a new partnership with Hays Medical Center in western Kansas.

A group of about 20 people sits in support of Black Lives Matter and Native Americans protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline during the Lawrence City Commission meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, at City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St.

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