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Lawrence school board asked to weigh real estate options

Peter Hancock

The Lawrence school district owns quite a bit of undeveloped real estate in town, some of which may be needed in the near future for new elementary or middle schools. That was one of the messages Monday afternoon as the board — including its two new members, Adina Morse and ...

Lawrence schools eyeing new snack food guidelines

Peter Hancock

Lawrence school officials say they are reviewing new federal guidelines governing snack food sold in vending machines at public schools to see if any changes need to be made in local policies. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture [announced new guidelines][1] meant to ensure that vending machines include healthy ...

More from the school board: bonds, tech plans and farewells

Peter Hancock

By Lawrence school board standards, it was a pretty lengthy and eventful meeting Monday night. The big news, of course, was the new contract for teachers that gives them an average 3-percent pay raise next year, coupled with comparable increases for administrators and support staff. But there was other news ...

Congress moving on NCLB overhaul

Peter Hancock

Roughly six years after the law was set to expire, Congress now seems to be moving on legislation to overhaul No Child Left Behind. NCLB was the 2002 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the basic law that provides funding for Title I, special education and a ...

Early results from speech and debate nationals

Peter Hancock

Thanks to Lawrence High School speech and debate coach Jeff Plinsky and [his prolific Twitter account][1], we have some early results from the National Forensics League tournament being held in Birmingham, Ala. LHS senior Lauren Pauls advanced to the semi finals in congressional debate - Senate, and still is competing ...

Departing assistant superintendent to work for Fort Hays State

Peter Hancock

Adam Holden is going back to work for Fort Hays State University after his resignation as assistant superintendent in the Lawrence school district takes effect July 1, although he plans to continue living in the Lawrence area. Holden said this week he will become chair of the Department of Teacher ...

Common Core wrongly tied to data project

Peter Hancock

The [Common Core standards][1] in reading and math in Kansas do not require states to collect massive amounts of personal data on every student. Nor is the Kansas State Department of Education taking part in any new national or international data mining system. At least that's the assurance from Kansas ...

Suggested readings about the Common Core controversy, pro and con

Peter Hancock

There was plenty of vitriol and hyperbole going around the statehouse in the final few days of the session as conservatives made a last-minute attempt to block any public funds from being used to implement the Common Core standards in reading and math, and to prevent the State Board of ...

Legislature dodges a bullet with Common Core and science standards

Peter Hancock

The Kansas House on Saturday narrowly defeated a bill that almost certainly would have resulted in a costly – and potentially embarrassing, for the Legislature – lawsuit over who controls the content and standards for public education. [House Bill 2391][1] was forced onto the House and Senate floors in the ...

Brownback signs 'Celebrate Freedom Week' bill

Peter Hancock

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill Thursday that establishes "Celebrate Freedom Week" during the week of Sept. 17 and requires schools to teach students about the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence in grades K-8 each year during that week. The Sept. 17 date marks the anniversary of ...

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