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

Current, retired educators from Tonganoxie square off in general election
Reed, Karleskint prepare for November showdown
August 18, 2016
With the primary elections behind them, local candidates in Kansas House races are now turning their attention to the general election ahead. Two members of the Lawrence-area delegation, Democratic Reps. John Wilson and Boog Highberger, can relax through November. They had no challengers in either the primary or general elections. But the remaining candidates will have to work for their seats in a year when, based on the primary election results, many voters are saying they want state government to move in a different direction.
Brownback predicts ‘a lot of strain that’s going to be continuing’ for Kansas
May 3, 2016
Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that there were a number of big items on his legislative agenda this year that lawmakers did not address, namely changing the way Supreme Court justices are chosen and enacting a new school funding formula.
Kansas Legislature narrowly passes unbalanced budget, ending 2016 session
May 2, 2016
Kansas lawmakers worked into the wee hours of the morning Monday to end the 2016 session after passing a $6.3 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, a budget that is roughly $22 million out of balance.
Kansas GOP lawmakers cite rising frustration, anger with Brownback
March 21, 2016
A rift between Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his fellow Republicans in the Kansas Legislature was laid bare for all to see last week when the GOP-dominated Senate voted to override one of the governor’s vetoes and came within a single vote of overriding another.
GOP senators vent frustrations at Brownback, but veto override unlikely
March 15, 2016
Republican leaders in the Kansas Senate said after a heated caucus meeting Monday that they are no longer sure they have enough votes to override two of Gov. Sam Brownback’s recent vetoes.
For fourth straight year, school advocates march to Topeka, but stakes are higher than ever
March 14, 2016
Three years ago, Heather Ousley was just one frustrated mother in Johnson County who wanted to show her concern about conditions in her daughter’s school.
Kansas senator seeks to end daylight saving time
March 11, 2016
When you get elected to the Kansas Legislature, you can introduce any bill you want. And when you’re the head of a powerful budget committee, you can be pretty confident that your bill will get a hearing.
Kansas bill to impeach top court judges advances in Senate; would allow impeachment of governor, too
March 10, 2016
The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill Thursday that spells out actions that could justify impeaching a Supreme Court justice or other constitutional officer, including attempting to usurp the power of another branch of government.
Kansas health care advocates continue to push Medicaid expansion, despite slim prospects in Legislature
March 3, 2016
Kansas hospital officials and other health care advocates gathered in Topeka on Wednesday to organize for a legislative fight to expand the state’s Medicaid system, known as KanCare, as allowed under the Affordable Care Act.
Federal judge refuses to block new voter registration form in Kansas
February 27, 2016
A federal judge this week refused to issue a temporary restraining order to block the U.S. Election Assistance Commission from issuing new federal voter registration forms for Kansas and two other states that ask voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship.

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