K-12 Education

Lawrence school district teachers, not students, going to class next Tuesday

More than 900 licensed educators and hundreds of paraeducators in the Lawrence school district will head to class Tuesday, giving their more than 11,000 students a longer holiday weekend.Some parents may be frustrated by the students’ additional time off school, but administrators maintain ...

First Bell: Foundation donors fill cups to help teachers buy school supplies; ‘collaboration time’ helps recruit, retain educators; preschoolers score hoops, baskets

The school year’s just a few days old, but leaders of the Lawrence Schools Foundation already have their eyes set on easing financial pains for teachers and their students come mid-year.During the Community Education Breakfast last Friday, foundation leaders placed yellow cups at each of the ...

Investigation into K-State’s online merchandise store sales intensifies

A state investigation continues into whether Kansas State University’s online merchandise store is skirting sales tax law, and now some state legislators also are beginning to question KSU’s online practices. In early August, the Journal-World reported that purchases made by Kansas ...

Panel predicts ‘gloomy’ future for Kansas education

Public education advocates painted a bleak picture of funding trends for education in the state during a public forum Saturday at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.“It’s very gloomy,” said Mark Desetti, director of legislative and policy advocacy for the Kansas National Education ...

Lawrence school district’s consoilidation working group to meet Sept. 7

Efforts to begin contemplating ways for consolidating elementary schools in the Lawrence school district will have to wait another week.The first working meeting for the district’s Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group has been rescheduled. Instead of ...

KU sociology professor surprised with Kemper Fellowship, $7,500

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little surprised Joey Sprague, professor of sociology, with a Kemper Fellowship on Thursday.Sprague is the sixth professor on the Lawrence campus to receive the award recognizing excellence in teaching this year. She has been a member of the KU ...

Out of junior high, Lawrence freshmen line up for high school sports

Athletics rosters are expanding with young talent at Free State and Lawrence high schools, now that freshmen are enrolled for the first time as full-fledged high schoolers.As both schools open their athletics seasons this week — the Lions fielded their Fall Sports Jamboree on Wednesday night, ...

Crowding complaints follow freshmen onto Lawrence high school campuses

Nyle Anderson hears plenty of whispers — some louder than others — in the halls of Free State High School.Freshmen are too small to be here.Freshmen are too young to be here.Freshmen are too immature to be here.He refuses to accept such nonsense, of course, but there is one complaint ...

School board ready to seek volunteer advice

The Lawrence school district is on track to assemble an array of experts to provide advice in budgeting, facilities planning and possibly other complicated and far-reaching topics and issues that require spending money or otherwise allocating valuable resources and attention.And, as school ...

School board to mull call for Facilities Advisory Committee

Already faced with a list of repair, renovation and reconstruction projects expected to cost more than $10 million, members of the Lawrence school board know they’ll face difficult decisions in the months and years ahead when it comes to upgrading the district’s elementary schools.Monday ...

Air conditioning problems reported at Broken Arrow, New York, South Middle schools

Power flashes and other power disruption have led to problems in with the air conditioners at three schools in Lawrence, the Lawrence school district announced Friday.At New York School, there is a partial air conditioning outage and a total phone service outage. Broken Arrow and South Middle ...