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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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University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little speaks during KU's 151st convocation ceremony Sunday night at the Lied Center.

University of Kansas senior Kai Ono plays an improvised version of Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" during KU's 151st convocation ceremony Sunday night at the Lied Center.

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and other top KU officials formally open the 2016-2017 academic year during the 151st convocation ceremony Sunday night at the Lied Center.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback met with reporters Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in his inner office at the Statehouse in Topeka. Brownback discussed a number of topics, chief among them the economy.

Wichita State University President John Bardo, left, and University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little address the Kansas Board of Regents during a retreat Wednesday in Wichita that included a wide-ranging discussion about security issues on college campuses in Kansas.

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