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. Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, is sponsoring a budget amendment that would restrict how much Kansas University can spend out of tuition revenue and other funds. He says it's in response to KU's decision to issue $327 million in bonds through an out-of-state entity without getting legislative approval.

Kansas Chief Justice Lawton Nuss speaks with reporters after the Kansas House failed to muster a two-thirds majority needed to pass a constitutional amendment that would change the way Supreme Court justices are chosen.

Rep. Boog Highberger, D-Lawrence, speaks against a proposed constitutional amendment to change the way Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected.

Kansas University law professor Stephen Ware, in the Old Supreme Court room of the Statehouse, urges House Republicans to pass a constitutional amendment changing the way Kansas Supreme Court justices are chosen.

Secretary of Administration Sarah Shipman answers questions from Rep. John Alcala, D-Topeka, about financing of a construction project near the Statehouse that lawmakers did not approve. Lawmakers are also questioning Kansas University's decision to issue bonds through a Wisconsin agency for its Central District development project.

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