K-12 Education

School district report shows more students getting Ds and Fs amid pandemic

A Lawrence school district report suggests the coronavirus pandemic is having a negative effect on students' academic performance, with students at every grade level receiving more D and F grades so far this year than in previous years. During its meeting on Monday, the Lawrence school board ...

Douglas County virus guidance remains in yellow tier as cases continue to decline

Douglas County’s school virus guidance will remain the same for a third straight week, despite the number of cases for the coronavirus continuing to fall. Lawrence Douglas County Public Health announced Thursday its recommendation to schools would remain in the yellow tier, which calls for ...

Free State junior named Boys & Girls Club’s 2021 Lawrence Youth of the Year

Repeatedly relocating throughout his life made it hard for Free State High School junior Pranav Vogeti to cultivate friendships, he recalled last week. But all of that changed when his family moved to Lawrence and he joined the local Boys & Girls Club, where he has been named the 2021 ...

Lawrence high schools to expand in-person learning to two days a week in February

Lawrence's high school students will begin attending in-person classes more often next month, school board members heard at their meeting on Monday. Lawrence Superintendent Anthony Lewis announced during the meeting that the district was planning to adjust its hybrid learning model on Feb. 15, ...

Some Kansas teachers say hybrid model is no better than fully remote learning

Hybrid learning has become the go-to compromise for Kansas’ largest school districts to get students back in classrooms, but some Kansas teachers say it isn’t much better than keeping students online full-time. Districts in Lawrence, Topeka, Olathe and elsewhere rotate students between ...

5 high school students from Lawrence named to national music ensembles

Several Lawrence students recently earned national recognition for their musical talents. Free State High School’s Emily Bial, Ellie LeBar and Hollis Wilkins, and Lawrence High School’s Connor Jones and Ashton Rapp were named to the 2020 All-National Honor Ensembles by the National ...

Lawrence high schools competing in virtual state debate tournaments this weekend

Several Lawrence students are making their arguments this weekend that they deserve to be recognized as the best debaters in the state. Debate teams from both Lawrence High School and Free State High School are competing in the 6A state tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Both schools ...

Late Nancy Hopkins left lasting impact on local volleyball coaches

Free State head volleyball coach Jayme Savage, who has been at the helm for two years now, knows she has the late Nancy Hopkins to thank for getting to this point in her career. Savage played for Hopkins at Free State from 2000-03 and had a chance to join her staff in 2008. Savage was an ...

Lawrence school board to discuss COVID-19’s effect on teacher workload

As the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way education is conducted, teachers have taken on a larger workload, administration officials said. To help address this, the Lawrence school board on Monday will discuss what drives teacher workload and actions the district can take to stop it from ...