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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Marge Aherns, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Kansas, reads a statement opposing Secretary of State Kris Kobach's proposal to purge more than 36,000 incomplete voter registrations currently being held in suspense, most for failing to show proof of U.S. citizenship.

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery speaks to about 200 people on the Washburn University campus in Topeka, explaining why he supports a proposed treaty aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear capability. Slattery, a Democrat, represented Lawrence and Topeka for six terms, from 1983 to 1995.

Matthew Menendez, left, of the Brennan Center for Justice, and Kansas Solicitor General Steve McAllister get acquainted following a court hearing Friday in Shawnee County. Moments earlier, the two were on opposite sides of a case that could determine how much control the Kansas Legislature can exert over the judicial branch.

Rep. Boog Highberger, center, D-Lawrence, takes part in a small-group discussion about how best to fund public schools during a summit meeting on school finance hosted by the Kansas Association of School Boards. Highberger was the only public official from Lawrence to attend the summit.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, discusses tax issues with Shaun Beach, owner of Beach Heating and Cooling, during a meeting with small business owners in Lawrence.

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