June tours, workshops to focus on Sacred Red Rock before park closes ahead of move
Four guided tours and interactive workshops this month will aim to educate participants about the Sacred Red Rock before it is returned to the Kaw Nation, and to foster ideas for the future of the park where it’s currently on display.
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Lawrence families, schools prepare for in-person learning amid new wave of COVID-19 cases
The third school year of the COVID-19 pandemic kicks off this week in Lawrence Public Schools. As students join their teachers in classrooms across Lawrence, questions and uncertainties loom.
With provisional ballots counted, Elizabeth Stephens takes 6th in Lawrence school board primary
Just seven votes separated Lawrence school board candidates Elizabeth Stephens and Melissa Clissold in the race for the final spot on the November general election ballot after provisional votes were counted Monday, but Stephens will advance.
KU announces its incentives for vaccinated students: $235K in prizes
The University of Kansas is not mandating that students get COVID-19 vaccines to attend classes this fall, but it has just sweetened the pot for those who do.
The Indian Leader, Haskell’s student newspaper, selected for prestigious Free Press Award
Just a week after announcing a haul of 14 National Native Media awards from the Native American Journalists Association, the staff of the Indian Leader has announced that it has won another — this one for its “commitment to upholding freedom of the press, information and transparency in Indian Country.”
Social worker, coach weaves life experiences into empowerment lessons for Lawrence youth
Audrey Trowbridge sits in her basement surrounded by glitter, wood, paint cans and her favorite crafting supply of all time — pipe cleaners. Her craft room serves as a retreat, and during remote learning, the Free State High School social worker took her video conference calls there.
Behind her, a painting of a glowing Black woman wearing a bejeweled crown draws attention. When asked if she painted it, Trowbridge says one of her sisters gifted the piece to her. Its placement is purposeful. She wants others to see it in the background, but she also hopes to glean inspiration from it when she glances at herself on screen. The powerful art serves as a self-affirmation and a reminder while advocating for herself and her students.
COVID-19 vaccinations remain a sticking point for KU faculty heading into fall semester
As the University of Kansas prepares for another semester dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic — this time with new concerns about the highly contagious Delta variant — faculty members want more transparency and stronger virus protocols.
Lawrence school board approves tentative budget with tax rate decrease, sets public hearings
The Lawrence school board approved publication of a budget with a slight property tax decrease Monday night.
Lawrence school board to review proposed budget; details unavailable Sunday
The district is facing ongoing challenges from rising costs, inflation and reductions in school funding due to an enrollment loss of almost 700 students last school year.
KU puts mask mandate back in place for fall semester; vaccines still encouraged, but not required
Face masks will once again be required indoors at the University of Kansas, Chancellor Douglas Girod announced Friday.
Parents, coaches call for equitable sports choices for 7th grade girls in Lawrence
As Lawrence school district leaders struggle to deal with current budget problems, challenges related to a nearly two-decades-old shortfall persist. Citing inequities, parents and coaches are voicing frustrations about limited athletic options for 7th grade girls this fall.
Student journalists of Haskell’s Indian Leader earn 14 awards, including general excellence honor
The journalists on staff of the Indian Leader, the student news publication of Haskell Indian Nations University, earned an impressive haul of 14 National Native Media awards for their work over the past year.
Still unofficial but updated election results separate tied Lawrence school board candidates by 6 votes
After counting 69 ballots received in the mail Wednesday, a race between two candidates for Lawrence school board is still too close to call.
Lawrence city primary election candidates reflect, look ahead to November general
Just about an hour passed Tuesday evening between the first and the final unofficial election results, and months of campaigning came to an end for several candidates for local office. For others, a new race among a smaller field of competitors began. And for a few more, it was still unclear whether they’d move on to the Nov. 2 general election.
Free State High School student wins Equal Justice Initiative essay contest
“A Black body is the most disposable body in America. America has proved this time and time again,” Free State High School student Ryan Brown read from her prize-winning essay Tuesday.
Lesbian student’s courage prevails over bigotry by Kansas middle school principal and bus driver
When 8th-grader Izzy Dieker told her friend, “I’m a lesbian,” a bus driver stopped the bus and confronted the 14-year-old about her use of “inappropriate” language, and the girl was suspended from school.