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Lawrence students qualify for state forensics tournament

Peter Hancock

Two members of the Free State High School forensics squad qualified to go to the state tournament in May after competing this weekend at a tournament hosted by Olathe South. Free State's Logan Brown, a junior, qualified by placing third in domestic extemporaneous speaking, and Kerrie Leinmiller-Renick, a senior, qualified ...

Roundup of education issues at the Statehouse

Peter Hancock

As the Kansas Legislature wraps up the fifth week of its 2013 session, here's a roundup of some of the significant pieces of legislation that would affect public schools and the action that has been taken so far. The hyperlinks below will take you to pages on the Legislature's website ...

Study: U.S. students do better than test scores suggest

Peter Hancock

It's almost an article of faith these days that students in the United States lag their peers in other industrialized countries in reading, math and science. The conclusion many draw is that American schools are "failing" and, therefore, policies should be directed toward fixing what is considered by many as ...

Lawrence students earn art and forensics honors

Peter Hancock

Lawrence High senior Sarah Sutterfield earned the top prize last week at a juried art show at Baker University's Holt-Russell Gallery. The competition featured more than 20 students from the Kansas City metropolitan area in both two- and three-dimensional work. All of the artists were eligible for art scholarships at ...

Hashtags, and lots of ICYMI's

Peter Hancock

We at the Journal-World are trying out some Twitter hashtags. The thing about hashtags, though, is that there needs to be a community of people who all use them and know what they mean. If you're already tweeting about state and local education, post a comment below and let us ...

Why changing the constitution may be harder than it looks

Peter Hancock

Republicans in the Kansas Senate introduced a [constitutional amendment][1] this week aimed at putting an end to school finance lawsuits, including the one currently headed to the state Supreme Court. It would limit the language in Article 6, Section 6, that requires the legislature to "make suitable provision for finance" ...

Lawrence teacher watches as House advances union bill

Peter Hancock

Deena Burnett was visibly, if not always audibly, disappointed Wednesday after the Kansas House advanced a bill aimed at limiting public employee unions from engaging in political activity. After the House voted 66-54 to advance [HB 2023][1] to final action, she placed a piece of duct tape over her mouth ...

LHS brings home forensics trophies

Peter Hancock

The Lawrence High School forensics team brought home honors from a tournament at Lansing High School. Mona Ahmed, sophomore, won first place in original oratory, and the duet acting team of Sarah Smoot, senior, and Abbie Wise, junior, also won first, qualifying them for the state tournament to be held ...

Bishop Seabury cheerleaders offer kids cheer clinic Feb. 9

Peter Hancock

Youngsters from preschool age through sixth grade will have a chance to learn a dance routine and some cheers from the Bishop Seabury Academy cheerleading squad, and later to perform a routine during a basketball halftime show at the school, 4120 Clinton Parkway. The cheer clinic will be from 1 ...

Note to court: Effect is a noun; affect is a verb ... except when they're not

Peter Hancock

**By Peter Hancock** By now, politicians and legal scholars of all stripes have found things they either love or hate in the lengthy school finance decision in the case of Gannon vs. Kansas. So at the risk of piling on, let me just add one of my own little pet ...

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