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.

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Rep. Vic Miller, right, answers questions from Rep. Michael Houser during debate in the Kansas House about a bill to require candidates for statewide office to be at least 18 years of age.

Eric Martinez, government relations director for the University of Kansas Student Senate, testifies before a House committee opposing a bill to repeal a law that allows certain undocumented immigrants in Kansas to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.

Sen. Ty Masterson, right, R-Andover, urges the Federal and State Affairs Committee to pass a bill that would prevent colleges and universities from limiting free speech rights of students and faculty.

In this file photo from Nov. 28, 2017, then-Kansas interim Medicaid Director Jon Hamdorf answers questions from a legislative oversight committee. Hamdorf on Friday, Feb. 16 disclosed that the state sent the company that manages its Medicaid applications a noncompliance letter Jan. 30 that gives it until June 1 to fix problems that include only 40 percent accuracy on financial payments.

Brad Ridley, commissioner of financial and information services at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, briefs lawmakers about a $7.1 million over-payment of Medicaid funds that was made to the University of Kansas, money that KU has since returned to the state.

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