Peter Hancock

I cover K-12 education for the Lawrence Journal-World. That includes Lawrence USD 497 as well as state policy issues from the legislature and State Board of Education. I am a graduate of the Kansas University with bachelor's degrees in political science and education. Before joining the Journal-World, I published an online news service called the Kansas Education Policy Report. I also spent nine years as the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and worked a couple of years as the spokesman for the (former) Kansas Health Policy Authority. You can follow me on Twitter (@pqhancock) or join our conversation about public schools on the First Bell blog.

Recent stories

Kansas Senate agrees to more money for schools; insists on vouchers
April 5, 2014
Republicans in the Kansas Senate have agreed to drop a provision from their school finance bill that would have defunded implementation of the Common Core standards for reading and math.
Kansas Senate votes to defund Common Core
April 4, 2014
The Kansas Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday night to prohibit schools from spending money to implement the Common Core standards for reading and math.
Kansas House advances ‘clean’ schools bill as session winds down
April 4, 2014
Late Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $129 million school finance plan that authors of the bill said would require approximately $51 million in new funds, presumably from the state’s reserves.
Kansas: Brownback calls for full K-12 equalization funding
March 20, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback called on lawmakers Wednesday to approve full equalization funding for two areas of the state’s K-12 education budget, a move that is estimated to cost an additional $129 million per year.
Kansas: Dire consequences if Legislature fails to act on school finance, official warns
March 12, 2014
A top Kansas education official warned of possible dire consequences to public schools if the Legislature fails to address equity issues in one part of the state school finance system by July 1.
Douglas County adopts budget transparency reforms
February 20, 2014
Some outside agencies that receive county funding will undergo more reporting and monitoring under a measure that Douglas County commissioners approved Wednesday. Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a modified version of a plan that Commissioner Mike Gaughan introduced two weeks ago.
Eudora district names Splichal new superintendent
February 19, 2014
Steve Splichal, superintendent of the McLouth school district, will become the new superintendent in Eudora starting July 1.
New wave of oil drilling disrupts Baldwin City, rural neighborhoods
February 9, 2014
Victoria Guerrero says she and her husband, Fernando, were stunned last February when they returned to Douglas County after Fernando’s two-year military deployment to Germany.
Kansas: Link between school funding, performance debated
February 8, 2014
The state’s top education official and the leader of a conservative think tank gave opposing views today about how well Kansas schools are performing and whether there is any connection between performance and the funding schools receive.
County looking at budget, purchasing reforms
February 6, 2014
Private entities that receive public money from Douglas County would have to provide more disclosure about how they spend that money under a proposal being considered by the County Commission. Commissioner Mike Gaughan outlined a package of reforms he wants to see enacted in the coming year. Some would apply to items and services purchased directly by county agencies.

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