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.
- Kansas Gov. Colyer picks up re-election endorsement from former candidate
- April 24, 2018
- Gov. Jeff Colyer on Tuesday picked up the endorsement of a former candidate in this year’s Republican primary, former state Rep. Mark Hutton.
- DCF to seek additional $24.3M over 3 years; plans to hire 200 unlicensed social workers
- April 23, 2018
- Department for Children and Families Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel said the agency wants to hire upward of 200 additional staff to investigate cases of suspected child abuse and neglect. She says the agency has many vacant positions that it has been unable to fill with licensed social workers.
- Medicaid, foster care costs threaten to eat up much of state’s anticipated new revenue
- 10:30 a.m., April 23, 2018 Updated 05:15 p.m.
- A significant chunk of the new revenue Kansas expects to receive over the next year could be consumed by rising costs for Medicaid and other social service programs, according to a new report released Monday.
- Kansas lawmakers leave plenty of issues on the table for wrap-up session
- April 15, 2018
- When Kansas lawmakers left Topeka in the wee hours of Sunday morning, April 8, they thought they had resolved the thorniest issue of the session by passing a school funding bill that supporters hope will satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court.
- Two Lawrence neighborhoods nominated to be ‘opportunity zones’
- April 13, 2018
- Two areas of Lawrence could soon qualify for federal tax incentives to attract new real estate and business development.
- Kansas congressional delegation votes yes on balanced budget amendment that fails in U.S. House
- April 12, 2018
- A proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution would have required the federal government to spend no more than it receives in revenue in any fiscal year. Although all four members of the Kansas delegation to the U.S. House supported the measure, it failed to receive the two-thirds majority required for passage.
- Kansas Highway Patrol trooper receives Governor’s Award for Valor
- April 12, 2018
- Technical Trooper Raul Carrillo was presented with the Governor’s Award for Valor on Thursday for his actions Feb. 21 when he rescued a truck driver from a burning semi loaded with diesel fuel on the Kansas Turnpike in Butler County.
- Security hole in new online vehicle registration system exposes Kansans’ information
- 10:22 a.m., April 12, 2018 Updated 11:47 a.m.
- The Kansas Department of Revenue says it is reviewing security protocols of its new online vehicle registration system following reports that users can accidentally or intentionally look up others’ information.
- Field narrows in Kansas’ 2nd District congressional race
- April 11, 2018
- The field of candidates in the 2nd District congressional race got smaller Wednesday as Republican Matt Bevens suspended his campaign and threw his support behind state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-Leavenworth.