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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Kansas State Board of Education member Ken Willard.

Dalton Glasscock, right, of the Kansas Federation of College Republicans challenges a proposal by Jeffrey Locke, left, to add a plank to the Kansas Republican Party's platform supporting the use of the death penalty in capital murder cases. Locke's proposal failed to win a majority.

Members of the Kansas Republican Party state committee cast ballots Saturday for 25 at-large delegates who will go to the GOP national convention in July. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won most of the delegates from Kansas, and the question now is whether the party can unite behind the presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

Gov. Sam Brownback says he has been talking with university officials in Kansas about how to absorb the funding cuts called for in a budget bill passed by the Kansas Legislature.

Jennifer Nauertc, daughter of former Lawrence High School football coach Bill Freeman, thanks Gov. Sam Brownback for signing a bill authorizing the sale of distinctive Alzheimer's disease awareness license plate. Freeman died from complications of Alzheimer's in December.

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