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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House Speaker Pro Tem Scott Schwab, left, walks off the House floor Monday at the end of the "sine die" ceremony that brought the 2017 legislative session to a close.

State Rep. John Wilson, D-Lawrence, stands with his wife, Jami Jones, on the House floor to announce he will resign his 10th District House seat later this year in order to spend more time focusing on his family and career.

Jim Barnett, a former state senator and 2006 Republican nominee for governor, announces that he plans to run again for governor in 2018.

Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-Leavenworth, speaks out against a budget plan that passed the Legislature on Saturday, arguing that lawmakers should have done more to cut spending instead of raising taxes.

Rep. Barbara Ballard of Lawrence walks past flowers placed at Seat 71 in the House chamber, the seat of Rep. Pattsy Terrell, D-Hutchinson, who died unexpectedly Wednesday.

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