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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Sen. Mitch Holmes, left, and Rep. Mark Kahrs, chairman and vice chairman of the Special Committee on Ethics, Elections and Local Government, listen during testimony about a bill that would greatly increase conflict-of-interest rules for people serving on local school boards.

Phyllis Gilmore, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Children and Families, testifies before the Legislature's Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy.

Rep. Connie O'Brien, R-Tonganoxie, Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, and Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, members of the Legislature's Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy, listen to testimony about whether same-sex couples should be allowed to be foster parents.

Theresa Gordzica, Kansas University's chief financial officer, takes questions from legislators about the university's plans to finance $350 million in new facilities.

Gov. Sam Brownback chairs a meeting of the State Finance Council, which agreed Monday to partially fund the Wichita school district's request for additional money to absorb an influx of refugee students.

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