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 (@ljwpqhancock) or join our conversation about public schools on the First Bell blog.

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Gina Meier-Hummel, secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families, outlines initiatives the agency is taking to improve child welfare services, including the hiring of some 200 unlicensed social workers to fill vacant positions throughout the state.

Gov. Jeff Colyer on Thursday presented Kansas Highway Patrol Technical Trooper Raul Carrillo with an Award for Valor in recognition of his actions Feb. 21 when he rescued a man from a burning truck following a rollover accident on the Kansas Turnpike in Butler County. Also pictured are Carrillo's son Esai, his wife Lydia, and daughter Aneesa.

Former congressional candidate Matt Bevens, left, announces Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign in the 2nd District race and is endorsing fellow Republican Sen. Steve Fitzgerald.

Gov. Jeff Colyer and Department for Children and Families Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel announce new efforts to collect past-due child support from noncustodial parents.

Teachers gather outside the Senate chamber at the Kansas Statehouse to urge lawmakers to pass a school finance bill Saturday, April 7, 2018.

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