K-12 Education

Questions, answers ahead for group considering school consolidation

Nearly three dozen teachers, parents and others invested in the future of six Lawrence elementary schools being considered for consolidation gathered Wednesday evening to pose question after question after question about the effort’s potential effects on kids, the evidence being used to make ...

Letter grades giving way to ‘standards-based’ marks in Lawrence schools

Traditional letter grades now are a thing of the past in elementary schools in the Lawrence school district, and middle schools may be next.“That’s our goal,” said Angelique Kobler, the district’s division director for curriculum and instruction.The first phase of the plan takes effect ...

Group to discuss closing schools

Members of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group are set to gather Wednesday evening for the first of 11 scheduled meetings to come up with a plan for closing some schools, upgrading others and otherwise compiling a long-term plan to guide the Lawrence ...

Board member interested in International Baccalaureate for schools

A potential magnet-school concept is up for discussion in the Lawrence school district.The program, International Baccalaureate, is organized through a nonprofit educational foundation with the stated goal of helping develop in students “the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills ...

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 ...