WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Regents push for plan that would require all elementary teachers to take new classes in teaching students how to read

If a new plan by higher education leaders becomes reality, every elementary teacher in Kansas will have to take a new set of classes to become better at teaching young students how to read. They also might get paid to take those classes, and have the state pay their tuition if they want to go over and above the requirements by taking graduate level coursework in the “science of reading.” The Kansas Board ...

Chair of Kansas Board of Regents expresses concern about proposals to limit DEIB programs at universities

The chair of the Kansas Board of Regents said Wednesday that he wants university employees across the state to know the Regents are closely watching efforts by state lawmakers to potentially limit diversity, equity and inclusion programs. And he wants state legislators to know he hopes they will work with university leaders rather than passing new laws on DEIB issues. “Legislative action must be reserved ...

KU Lawrence campus posted $22M loss in fiscal year 2023, but new state funding helped stave off cuts

The state of Kansas to the rescue. That’s not a phrase you hear often in the state’s higher education circles, as a frequent refrain from academic administrators has been about continued declines in state funding for universities. But 2023 financial statements for the University of Kansas indeed show that the state came to the rescue of the university’s finances after KU saw federal grants — mainly ...

Langston Hughes fifth-grader repeats as Douglas County Spelling Bee champion

There is nothing unusual about a Perrins winning a Douglas County Spelling Bee. Maci Perrins, a Langston Hughes Elementary student, won the county spelling bee last year, and she repeated as champion on Saturday, besting 23 other spellers to claim the 2024 county spelling bee title at an event at Lawrence’s Billy Mills Middle School. Perrins was keeping up the family tradition, following her sister ...

After nearly 15 years, downtown Lawrence once again has a drugstore; Sigler Pharmacy opens along Vermont Street

Downtown Lawrence’s nearly 15 years without a pharmacy and drugstore ended a couple of weeks ago. Already, you are starting to see downtown Lawrence change in small ways. One such small (but not trivial) way: toilet paper. On Friday, while I was at the newly opened Sigler Medical Arts Pharmacy — located in the old Capitol Federal bank branch at 10th and Vermont streets — there was a man there who had ...

New downtown candy shop hopes to provide a little fun and magic to city's retail scene

You know what they say about a kid in a candy store. He’ll either bounce off the wall or stick to it. (On second thought, maybe that is just what they said about me, and why we didn’t often stop at one.) No, the more conventional saying has something to do with all the joy and happiness such a visit creates. That’s all true, but Jhami Guffey, an owner of the new Squishington’s candy shop in downtown ...