Flood, Bostar work with Nebraska law enforcement to lure out-of-state officers

BY: - February 20, 2024

LINCOLN — U.S. Rep. Mike Flood, R-Neb., and Democratic State Sen. Eliot Bostar of Lincoln hope to lure out-of-state law enforcement officers to Nebraska by promoting a new state education benefit aimed at their kids. The two lawmakers on Tuesday emphasized state efforts to encourage more law enforcement officers to consider relocating to the Cornhusker […]

Changes are coming to the State Board of Education as half its members plan to depart 

BY: - February 20, 2024

LINCOLN — The decision of four incumbents not to seek re-election could tip the balance on the Nebraska Board of Education, although it’s too soon to tell which way. Board members Patsy Koch Johns, Lisa Fricke, Patti Gubbels and Jacquelyn Morrison did not file to defend their seats this year on the eight-member board, which […]

State universities admit more out-of-state students for the tuition bump

BY: - February 20, 2024

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Kennedy Cole, a college junior studying accounting, knew she wanted to attend school outside her native Nevada to expand her choices, meet new people and explore different places. Emma Nichols, a sophomore majoring in vocal performance, chose a school close to her home in Corvallis, Oregon. The two friends, Oregon State University […]

Full tuition waivers proposed for Nebraska student teachers

BY: - February 19, 2024

LINCOLN — Nebraska student teachers could receive 100% tuition waivers beginning in 2025 through a legislative proposal under consideration this session. Legislative Bill 953, proposed by State Sen. Kathleen Kauth of Omaha, would support students at the University of Nebraska and Nebraska State College System seeking a degree related to teaching, during the semester or semesters […]

Justice Department report: Lincoln schools violated ADA rights of multiple students

BY: - February 15, 2024

LINCOLN — A U.S. Department of Justice report released Wednesday found that Lincoln Public Schools violated the rights of multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The report states that with a “blanket policy” requiring students in need of American Sign Language interpretation to attend a “cluster school,” the district violated the Americans with Disabilities Act for […]

‘Club of one’: Nebraska administrators, professors criticize effort to end faculty tenure

BY: - February 13, 2024

LINCOLN — Faculty groups and administrators at the University of Nebraska lined up Tuesday to oppose a legislative proposal to end faculty tenure, with many saying it could handicap NU. State Sen. Loren Lippincott of Central City, who introduced Legislative Bill 1064, said he feels the “pendulum” has swung too far toward protecting professors instead of […]

Hearing brings out backers, opponents of Nebraska anti-DEI bill

BY: - February 13, 2024

LINCOLN — Critics on Tuesday panned a bill to restrict Nebraska colleges and universities from spending public money and staff time on efforts to boost diversity, equity, and inclusion. Others who testified at a legislative hearing defended the legislation, which targets DEI offices at Nebraska’s publicly funded community colleges, state colleges and universities. Supporters of […]

Nebraska students take fight against ‘period poverty’ to Legislature

BY: - February 13, 2024

LINCOLN — For a young middle schooler, a major challenge one day was a history test she had stayed up late studying for, confident she was “going to crush it.” But as her teacher was passing out the test, the girl felt a “telltale wetness in her underwear”: Her menstrual period had begun. She knew she […]

Nebraska lawmaker proposes grant for artificial intelligence tools to combat dyslexia

BY: - February 12, 2024

LINCOLN — When Millard North High School junior Janae Harris was in second grade, she read to a kindergarten class but kept getting stuck on words. The teacher continually corrected her, Janae said, and told her she “needed to learn how to read” before she read to another class. “I was embarrassed, and to this day […]

Parents, ACLU allege a Nebraska middle school inappropriately outed a trans girl last fall

BY: - February 12, 2024

LINCOLN — A federal complaint is asking the U.S. Department of Education to investigate whether Nebraska school officials outed a transgender middle school student last fall without parental consent. The new complaint, filed with the department’s Student Privacy Policy Office, with help from the ACLU of Nebraska, alleges administrators violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy […]

School choice

Passionate battle over school choice resumes in Nebraska Legislature

BY: - February 6, 2024

LINCOLN — The battle over school choice returned to the State Legislature on Tuesday over a proposal to allocate $25 million a year directly from state coffers to organizations that hand out scholarships to private and parochial schools. Legislative Bill 1402 would serve as a replacement, according to its sponsor, for the Opportunity Scholarship Act […]

Nebraska bill would allow children to repeat a grade in K-12 with parental permission

BY: - February 6, 2024

LINCOLN — In select circumstances, parents or guardians would have the final say in whether their children should be repeat a grade in K-12 schools under a new legislative proposal. Legislative Bill 1193, introduced by State Sen. Danielle Conrad of Lincoln, would allow parents to let their children repeat a grade for three reasons in K-4: […]