Stephan Bisaha

News Reporter

Stephan Bisaha is a former NPR Kroc Fellow. Along with producing Weekend Edition, Stephan has reported on national stories for Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as other NPR programs. He provided data analysis for an investigation into the Department of Veteran Affairs and reported on topics ranging from Emojis to mattresses.

Stephan has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and concentrated in data journalism. He currently covers education for KMUW and the Kansas News Service. 

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Tiffinie Irving, Wichita Public Schools' first deputy superintendent in more than a decade, starts her new position on Tuesday.

Superintendent Alicia Thompson sent a message to Wichita Public Schools' staff saying the deputy superintendent position was needed to address concerns.

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Wichita police on Friday said a prank 911 phone call – known as “swatting” – led to a fatal police shooting.

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Students at most state universities in Kansas will pay more to live on-campus than if they were to rent an off-campus apartment, according to an analysis by KMUW.

The analysis is based on new room and board rates unanimously approved recently by the Kansas Board of Regents. Pittsburg State University received the smallest increase — less than 1 percent for a dorm room shared by two students — while Wichita State University saw the largest increase at just less than 3 percent.

  

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Kansas colleges and universities could be facing steep state funding cuts in 2018.

A legislative committee discussing possibilities for balancing the state budget put the Regents on notice Wednesday, asking how an 18 percent cut would affect higher education.

“This system will look very different from the one we’ve enjoyed for a long time," answered Board of Regents President Blake Flanders.

Flanders says a cut that big would be a shock to the system.

“If we’re asked about cuts at about this level of cuts we always take it seriously," Flanders says.

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It started as "the ruler thing."

Terry Johnson and his wife, Rachel Johnson, were watching the "Today Show" about 10 years ago when they saw a story about a resource center providing free classroom supplies to teachers. It was part of the Kids In Need Foundation.

It was an idea that stuck in both their heads.

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A state report has found that the Kansas Department of Education has illegally provided millions of dollars to some school districts.

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Kansas school districts and municipalities are rushing to save millions of dollars before the Republican tax plan makes that impossible.

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CPR training will now be a requirement in high schools across Kansas after a unanimous vote by the Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday.

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Wichita’s Board of Education selected a new member Monday night. Ernestine Krehbiel was appointed in a 4-2 vote.

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new estimate from the Emporia State Economic Index shows Kansas’ economy started to level off in October. 

The GDP for the state shrank slightly by 0.1 percent from September. That follows months of strong growth after a low point in March. There is some positive news: Kansas' GDP grew 1.7 percent since October 2016.

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