I cover K-12 education. 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.
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The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday authorized the University of Kansas to spend $22 million, all from private donations and athletic funds, to upgrade its baseball stadium and volleyball center.
Mandy Hurd was convicted in 2014 of stealing two KU championship rings from her father-in-law, a Kansas University Athletics Department official, and selling the rings in exchange for methamphetamine.
By Chuck Woodling Mark Francis pulls no punches when asked about the winningest and highest scoring soccer season in Kansas University history.
Marian Washington's lawsuit against Dick Vitale and others connected with a magazine critical of the Kansas women's basketball coach has drawn attention -- and some understanding -- from other Big Eight coaches.
At one time, Marian Washington would have settled for an apology. Now the price is $10 million.When Washington, Kansas' women's basketball coach the past 22 seasons, filed a $10 million lawsuit against analyst Dick Vitale and others, it was a last resort, according to her attorney, Robert Bell.
Marian Washington's decision to file a $10 million defamation suit against television analyst Dick Vitale and others for comments made about her in a preseason publication was hers alone.
Kansas track coach Gary Schwartz couldn't help but be impressed with Michael Cox. Cox, a KU senior, ran a 4:00.93 in the men's mile at the Kansas Relays on Saturday. It was the fourth-fastest time outdoors in KU history.
Sometimes, one Marian Washington isn't enough. Being head coach of Kansas' women's basketball team and president of the Black Coaches Association could easily employ the efforts of two people.
Its name is the Black Coaches Association, but its mission concerns more than coaches. It easily could be called the Student-Athletes and Black Coaches Association.
Marian Washington made a snap decision last week but, she says, not a hasty one. Washington, Kansas' women's basketball coach the past 20 seasons, was contacted by Southern California about its head coaching job. She told USC she was flattered but not interested.