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School district/teachers negotations continue tonight

Alex  Parker

Tonight at 5, the Lawrence school board and the Lawrence Education Association are meeting to try and conclude stalled contract negotiations. The meeting is at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive, and is open to the public.[As we have previously reported,][1] the district and LEA are far apart on several issues, ...

Lawrence ACT scores stack up well

Alex  Parker

On Wednesday, we reported on [how Lawrence public high schools students' ACT scores were higher than the state and national average.][1]The average score in Lawrence was 23.2, on a 36-point scale. Lawrence High's average score was 23.4, while Free State's was 23.1. Compare that the state average, 22, and the ...

My hand is raised - just call on me!

Lindsey Slater

I've spent all summer working on whatever stories came my way, burying the urge to act on my recently acquired reporting instinct - covering education.The wait is over.But I need your help.My niche in the News Center is the fun stuff. Sports reporter Andrew Baker says I'm quickly becoming "that ...

Is the yearbook obsolete?

Alex  Parker

I'm working on a story about how social networks like Facebook and MySpace may be affecting yearbook sales at area schools. [In school districts around the country, yearbook sales are dipping.][1] In [Houston][2], interest in yearbooks has gone the way of the DoDo. [In Eudora, some students are opting for ...

Virtual School applications due Friday

Alex  Parker

Applications for [Lawrence Virtual School's][1] K-8 program are due by 4 p.m. Friday.Applications can be found at [][2], where you can begin the enrollment process.Jana Lloyd, a specialist at the school, said parents must print off the paperwork and bring it to the school, 2145 La. Be sure to bring ...

"Bad apples" and why you should smile in yearbook photos

Alex  Parker

Education researchers leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of knowledge. Some of the most recent research shows how domestic problems breed problems in the classroom.No surprise here: [A University of Cincinnati][1] scholar reviewed research from England, Germany, Norway, Japan, South Africa and the United States, and found that kids ...

Back-to-school crunch: What are you doing?

Alex  Parker

Yes, it's that time of year again. Time to start restocking on pencils, pens and notebooks. Time to purchase [the perfect new outfit.][1] It's back-to-school time, the traditional time of year, when parents flock to area stores [to load up on all the supplies][2] needed for school.[This year could be ...

Welcome to Schoolhouse Talk

Alex  Parker

Welcome to Schoolhouse Talk,'s new education beat blog. Education reporters [Lindsey Slater][1] and [Alex Parker][2] edit the blog, and we want to hear from you. We're looking at this as an informal way to report, interact, learn and discuss.K-12 education is a critical issue in Lawrence and Douglas County. ...


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