Wichita Public Schools

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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 will begin its annual summer food program on Monday.

The Kid Power Cafe Summer Food Service Program offers free breakfast, lunch and snacks to children 18 years old and younger. Children do not have to be Wichita Public Schools students to participate.

Meals are available Monday through Friday at most of the 41 locations. The program runs through Aug. 3. 

Reservations are not required and there are no income guidelines or any paperwork to fill out.

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Wichita Public Schools on Monday proposed a new high school aviation curriculum, with the goal of getting students ready to work in the aviation industry immediately after graduation.

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Although a new school finance bill is awaiting Gov. Jeff Colyer’s signature, Wichita teachers and administrators still feel uncertain about the future of school funding.

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Several schools in Andover and Wichita will spend the next year redesigning their curriculum in collaboration with the Kansas State Department of Education.

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School buses could soon be trackable by the phones of some Wichita parents.

Wichita’s school board recently approved a pilot program for the FirstView parent app. The pilot program won't be available yet for parents but instead tested by the district. The final version of the program would likely let parents use an app to track their children's bus. They would also see when the bus is expected to arrive, as well as set alerts.

The board unanimously approved the pilot during its meeting earlier last week.

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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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The new mission of Wichita Public Schools says that the district’s objective is to prepare students "to achieve college, career and life readiness through an innovative and rigorous educational experience."

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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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