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LHS students receive top history honors

For most students, school’s out for the summer. But some at Lawrence High School extended their learning time, when they recently competed in a national history contest in Maryland. Chisato Kimura will enter into her senior year at LHS this coming fall. She says history is her favorite subject. “We …

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Board appoints Dr. Stubblefield as Interim Superintendent

Lawrence Board of Education President Marcel Harmon announces the school board’s appointment of Anna Stubblefield as interim superintendent, effective July 1. The announcement follows board interviews of Stubblefield and Diane DeBacker, a former commissioner of education for the state of Kansas, last week. The board’s appointment of an interim coincides …

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Two KU students earn Astronaut scholarships

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has selected two students at the University of Kansas to join an elite group of Astronaut Scholars for the 2017-18 academic year. Eilish Gibson, a senior from Perry majoring in physics and classical antiquities, and Marilyn Barragan, a senior from Olathe majoring in molecular, cellular and …

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Incoming Kansas chancellor’s salary more than Gray-Little’s

Incoming University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod will earn a higher salary than outgoing chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. The 59-year-old Girod, who becomes chancellor July 1, will earn $550,000 plus $31,250 in deferred compensation at the end of the year. The Board of Regents signed the contract agreement with Girod on …

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Regents approve tuition hikes for Kansas universities

The Kansas Board of Regents has approved tuition rates for the state’s six universities mostly ranging from 2.5 percent to 2.9 percent. The rates for the next school year approved Thursday for resident and non-resident tuition include 2.5 percent increases at the University of Kansas; 2.9 percent at Kansas State …

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South Middle School’s new principal announces the selection of assistant principal

South Middle School’s new principal, Keith Jones, announces the selection of Anita Carlson as assistant principal, effective July 1, 2017, and pending approval by the school board during its meeting tonight. Carlson replaces Charlie Stoltenberg, who accepted a principal position in Ottawa, Kansas, upon completion of his first year at …

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Eudora Schools recognized Teachers of The Year

The Eudora Schools recognized their two Teachers of The Year. The Primary School Winner – Meghan Reardon – teaches first grade at Eudora Elementary School– And the Secondary School Winner – Noah Musser – teaches Drawing Illustration Journalism and Photography at Eudora High: “one of the things that they talked …

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Many Kansas lawmakers see school funding work as incomplete

Many Kansas legislators see their work toward complying with a state Supreme Court mandate on public school funding as unfinished. They take that view even though lawmakers passed a bill last week that phases in a $293 million increase in spending over two years. Some expect to be forced to …

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Some parents upset by purchase of rifles for school officers

Some parents of Shawnee Mission School District students in eastern Kansas aren’t happy to learn the public school district has bought eight semi-automatic rifles for its school resource officers. The Kansas City Star reports the rifles were bought in 2015, but that parents only recently learned of them. Some parents, …

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School finance bill passed after 108 days of the legislature session

On the 108th day of the legislature session, a school finance bill finally passed. The measure—approved by the House 67-55, and by the Senate 23-17—plans to increase funding by $293 million over the next two years. Now it’s up to the Supreme Court to deem whether that near-300-million is constitutionally …

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