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Renewal of student testing contract tabled after problems

Kansas education officials are holding off on renewing a contract with the state’s student assessment provider amid problems. State Education Commissioner Randy Watson told state school board members Tuesday that there are “many other options” for delivering the test. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Watson says officials “want things to …

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Graduation dates of schools in the area

Below is a list of all graduation dates of schools in the area. Click links for more information: The University of Kansas, May 14, https://commencement.ku.edu/ Haskell Indian Nations University, May 19 10:00am Baker University, May 13 & May 21, https://www.bakeru.edu/commencement/ Lawrence High School, May 23, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. …

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Meet Lawrence school board’s newest member

USD 497 swore in its newest school board member earlier this week. Melissa Johnson—a school teacher, single mom of three and former U.S. Marine—fills the spot vacated early by former board member Kristie Adair. Johnson moved to Lawrence with her children about 12 years ago, while getting her degree in …

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Kansas House panel wants to phase in $750M boost for schools

A Kansas House committee has drafted a plan to phase in a $750 million increase in state aid to public schools over five years. A special panel on education funding agreed Wednesday to a proposal to pump $150 million more into schools annually for each the next five years under …

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KU celebrating Graduate Student Appreciation Week

The University of Kansas will recognize the contributions of graduate students to the university with a range of events during national Graduate Student Appreciation Week, which is April 6-10. Graduation Student Appreciation Week celebrates the contributions of graduate students to the mission of KU, raising awareness of their efforts in …

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LHS says, ‘no more,’ in awareness campaign

April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is why Lawrence high school’s bringing a country-wide campaign into the classrooms. The national No More campaign started about four years ago—right around the time that the Lawrence High School formed its Young Feminists Club—and LHS joins the campaign this month to raise …

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Eudora Elementary School get schooled about severe weather safety

Eudora Elementary School is getting schooled on being prepared. The “Pursuit of Preparedness” Event taught students all there is to know about severe weather safety, including learning about emergency plans and kits. As a special addition, over 150 emergency kits were passed out to students who attended. The event was …

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Haskell student overcomes obstacles, lands student of the year

Haskell Indian Nations University recently named its student of the year. The award went to a single mother who became pregnant between her sophomore and junior years. She also happens to work part time for the government as a hydrographer—all while in school full-time. An environmental science major, Samantha Milk—who …

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KU recognized for excellence in community college transfer pathways

The University of Kansas has been recognized for excellence in community college transfer by a national honor society. KU is one of 65 colleges and universities named to Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college …

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Public votes to select finalists for Spellebrity Video Contest

Five teams of students with a passion for spelling and reading and a penchant for video storytelling are making plans for an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., as the Finalists of the 2017 Spellebrity Video Contest. The Finalists of the competition, which was created by the Scripps National Spelling Bee …

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