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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Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, asks the Kansas Legislative Post Audit Committee for an audit of Kansas foster care system, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the Statehouse in Topeka.

Kansas Republican Party chairman Kelly Arnold addresses the GOP state committee at a midyear convention in Manhattan Saturday. The party adopted rules for the 2016 presidential caucuses and began planning for next year's legislative races.

Robert Woodson, Sr., speaks to a group of community leaders in Salina about creating new ways to combat poverty in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods. Woodson, a noted conservative writer, is the president and founder of the Washington-based Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, which was hired by the Department of Children and Families to lead a series of faith-based community summits on poverty.

Lawrence city commissioners listen as Police Chief Tarik Khatib discusses his department's need for a new headquarters facility. Voters in November rejected a proposal to fund a $28 million facility with a sales tax increase, but commissioners are now reopening a discussion on other options.

Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, speaks to more than 60 high school students in the Kansas Senate chamber about the legislative process and the importance of civic engagement. The students came from across the state to take part in the Youth Civic Leadership Institute, a program of the Dole Institute of Politics where Ballard is associate director.

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