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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FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, left, and Gov. Sam Brownback meet with RG Fiber co-founder Mike Bosch at the company's headquarters in Baldwin City. RG Fiber offers ultra-high speed internet access in Baldwin City and will soon expand to Eudora and other small communities.

Kansas Rep. Valdenia Winn, center in red, enters a House investigative committee hearing as supporters applaud, Friday morning, June 26, 2015.

Tom Witt, director of Equality Kansas, speaks to a throng of gay rights supporters in the rotunda of the Kansas Statehouse moments after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage to be legal in all 50 states.

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, discusses the 2015 legislative session during an appearance at the Dole Institute of Politics on the Kansas University campus.

Democratic legislators from the Lawrence area discuss the 2015 legislative session with the Douglas County Democratic Party on Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center.

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