K-12 Education

Lawrence school district enrollment drops about 1.5%

Story updated at 4:40 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2019: The Lawrence school district saw a decrease of more than 180 students this school year compared with last year. But the drop in enrollment may not have an immediate effect on the school district’s state funding. The school district shared ...

Lawrence school district to receive $150,000 grant for leadership training

A $150,000 grant will soon allow the Lawrence school district to focus on improving its leadership qualities. The Kansas Leadership Center, a nonprofit organization that aims to foster better leadership in the state’s communities, announced Wednesday that the school district is one of 63 ...

Parents voice frustration over resignation of former Pinckney principal

Several parents of students at Pinckney Elementary School on Monday voiced frustration over the resignation of former principal Kristi Hill, suggesting that the school district did not provide her with enough support. Some of the parents who spoke to the board said Hill resigned because she ...

Only 1% of 100K teachers in Missouri, Kansas are black men

Kansas City, Mo. (ap) — Charles King remembers in his third year teaching a parent called him aside and told him to be more authentic, to let some of his roots show because the black students in that urban Houston school needed to know he was one of them. The encounter changed the way that ...

Construction company tweaks parts of schedule for Lawrence High renovation project

The construction company in charge of renovating Lawrence High School announced it is pushing back the completion dates for two phases of the project to make up for delays that occurred over the summer. “We have to make sure we do a really good job setting realistic expectations for the ...

Are you registered to vote in November election? Tuesday is your last chance

Tuesday is the final day to register for the Nov. 5 election, which will decide who will serve on the Lawrence City Commission and the Lawrence school board, among other issues. Six candidates are running to fill three seats on the City Commission, and five candidates are running to fill four ...

Lawrence school board to receive first progress report on new strategic plan

The Lawrence school board will soon receive its first update on the progress of its new five-year strategic plan. Superintendent Anthony Lewis is scheduled to provide the update to the school board during its meeting Monday. The overall purpose of the strategic plan, which the board approved ...

Lawrence school board candidates come to broad consensus on safety, security issues

Although the issue of school safety and security has long been a priority for the Lawrence school district, a recent event has again made it an important topic of conversation for candidates vying for a seat on the school board. But importance of a topic does not necessarily mean there will be ...

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence to host annual talent show next week

Local students of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence will soon take the stage to show off their dance moves to the music of NSYNC and the Spice Girls during the organization’s annual talent show. The 2019 Lights On Talent Show show will have teams from all 15 Boys & Girls Club ...

Radio host shares pain of family rejection ahead of event supporting LGBTQ families

Jordin Silver doesn’t want any kids to grow up the way she did: confused, alone, knowing she’d be more loved if she were more “normal.” “I’m 37, and gay was AIDS, gay was bad,” she said of her childhood in Old Orchard Beach, a small tourist town on the coast of Maine. “Life ...

Kids can ride the bus around downtown as part of “Books and Buses” storytime

The Lawrence Transit System is teaming up with the Lawrence Public Library to provide special “Books and Buses” storytimes. The collaboration between the library and the transit system will feature books about transportation, a bus-themed craft project and a trip on the bus, according to ...

Lawrence school board candidates air views on SROs, district challenges at forum

The five candidates running for the four Lawrence school board positions on the Nov. 5 ballot shared their differing views on the challenges facing the school district, including the role that school resource officers should play, on Saturday at a forum sponsored by the Lawrence chapter of the ...

Kansas Historical Society accepting entries for student photo contest

Kansas students could win an iPad or a Kindle for submitting their photography to the Kansas Historical Society's annual photo contest. Students from 1st through 12th grades are invited to submit up to five photographs to the contest that "tell a story about going to school in Kansas," ...