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Alicia Thompson started work nearly a year ago as superintendent of Wichita Public Schools, but she’s been connected to the district throughout her life — first as the daughter of a teacher, then as a student. After college, she became a teacher in the district.

Thompson sat down with KMUW’s Stephan Bisaha to talk about her first year as superintendent, and the district’s future.

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Wichita Public Schools' chief financial officer says the Kansas Legislature’s $500 million school funding plan doesn’t make up for years of cuts.

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Students across Kansas joined their peers elsewhere in the country by walking out of school Wednesday and into the national debate over guns.

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Wichita Public Schools is opening a new school for struggling students.

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Wichita's school board met Monday night to work on what goals to focus on for the district's strategic plan.

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Coleman Middle School Principal Eric Filippi says he was blind to all the different ways drugs can be concealed and the variety of forms that they can take.

“I did not think of it as something that can be put into a spray bottle and be sprayed on food,” Filippi says.

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A focus on both college and career readiness. More investment in resources and staff. Helping students develop mentally and socially -- not just academically.

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Wichita’s school board will add four new members this week -- including its first Hispanic member.

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

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