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Lawrence school board votes to close Broken Arrow and Pinckney elementary schools
The Lawrence school board has voted to close Broken Arrow and Pinckney elementary schools.
‘You’re breaking up a family’: Pinckney community discusses the support system the school provides
Members of the Pinckney Elementary School community frequently teared up on Saturday afternoon as they told Lawrence school board members why the small school is so special.
Broken Arrow parents plead with Lawrence school board to keep the school open
A school is more than just a building, said parents, students and other community members Saturday at a public hearing on the possible closure of Broken Arrow Elementary. Instead, they said, it’s part of a community.
Kamarjay Shaw ‘loved hard’ and ‘had the heart of a lion,’ parents of slain Lawrence teen say
Fearless and big-hearted are how family members of a 14-year-old Lawrence boy recently shot and killed remember him. Kamarjay Shaw’s parents and loved ones said they won’t quit until he gets justice.
A Lawrence Times reporter was ordered to leave the city campsite for unhoused people. ‘That’s a problem,’ First Amendment attorney says
Lawrence Times reporter Chansi Long was targeted by city staff and ordered by police to leave the North Lawrence campsite for people experiencing homelessness Tuesday night while other members of the public were allowed to remain. “That’s a problem,” a local First Amendment expert said.
North Lawrence camp residents say city workers won’t let certain people shower; one woman alleges harassment
Residents of the North Lawrence campsite for people experiencing homelessness say city workers have denied some people showers in the hygiene trailer recently placed at the site, and a woman alleges that one city worker harassed her as she showered.
Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council evaluates racial and ethnic disparities work group
As Douglas County leaders weigh possibly changing or eliminating the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s racial and ethnic disparities work group, some members of the council want the work to get more attention.
Lawrence police review board asks to review complaint regarding unhoused man, questions use of force policy
Members of Lawrence’s Community Police Review Board have asked to review a complaint alleging that police targeted a man experiencing homelessness with a jaywalking ticket. They also questioned why a case was not included in the annual use of force report.
Lawrence’s Community Police Review Board didn’t review an ‘actual appeal,’ chief says
Lawrence’s Community Police Review Board did not actually review its first appeal of a complaint six months ago, the police chief said during Thursday’s meeting.
The Lawrence Times celebrates 2 years publishing
“What an incredible second year it has been! We have even more to celebrate now than we did last year,” Mackenzie Clark, Lawrence Times reporter/founder, writes.
Public hearings on two Lawrence elementary school closures scheduled
The Lawrence school district announced Monday morning it will hold public hearings at the end of March on the possible closures of Broken Arrow and Pinckney elementary schools.
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