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

Bill would prohibit public agencies and schools in Kansas from collecting union dues
March 12, 2015
Business groups are urging Kansas lawmakers to pass a bill that would prohibit state and local government agencies, including school districts, from using their payroll systems to collect union dues.
Appeals court says Baldwin City woman can be charged with illegally hosting minors
October 31, 2014
Topeka — A Baldwin City woman may be charged with the crime of illegally hosting minors consuming alcohol, the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled Friday, reversing a decision from the Douglas County District Court.
Debate highlights differences between Kansas 2nd District candidates
September 29, 2014
Eudora — Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins portrayed herself Sunday as a bipartisan leader in Congress who can work across party lines. Meanwhile, her Democratic challenger, Margie Wakefield, accused Jenkins of being a source of the partisan gridlock in Washington.
GOP incumbents prevail in Tuesday’s primary
August 6, 2014
Kansas incumbent Republicans emerged from Tuesday’s primary victorious if not always impressively. Sen. Pat Roberts, Gov. Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach all prevailed in GOP primary contests with Roberts having the closest call in his bid for the nomination against tea party favorite, Johnson County radiologist Milton Wolf.
Kansas: Corruption charges can be hard to prove, experts say
May 12, 2014
For the past two weeks, reports have been swirling in Kansas that the FBI is investigating allegations of influence peddling and pay-to-play practices involving former officials in Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration.
Kansas teacher group eyes legal challenge to tenure repeal
April 25, 2014
Officials at the state’s largest teachers’ union say the battle over tenure rights is far from over, and it may eventually have to be settled in court.
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.

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