Education

University of Nebraska’s Ted Carter is named the next president at Ohio State

BY: - August 22, 2023

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with Carter’s official selection, comments from the Carter and the Ohio State Board of Trustees and reaction from Nebraska. LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska needs a new president next year. NU system President Ted Carter, the former superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy and a vice admiral, […]

Here’s what to know about new federal policies for repaying student loans

BY: - August 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — Following the Supreme Court’s summer ruling against 40 million federal student loan borrowers who would have qualified for debt relief, the Biden administration crafted a year-long delay in repayments. The policy, known as an on-ramp, is set to begin next month. Additionally, hours after the Supreme Court’s decision, the Department of Education unveiled […]

‘Historic’ gift to Creighton University aims to help Nebraska’s nursing shortage

BY: - August 21, 2023

OMAHA — A $5.2 million gift to Creighton University, from a family whose name is known also for growing ConAgra Foods, will create a new scholarship fund to help meet a critical need for Nebraska nursing leaders. The Harper Family Foundation gift was described as historic based on its size, being one of the largest […]

Support Our Schools petition ‘on pace’ for 90k signatures goal

BY: - August 18, 2023

LINCOLN — Petition circulators trying to stop Nebraska’s new tax credit for funding scholarships to private K-12 schools say they are on pace to collect enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot in November 2024. Support Our Schools Nebraska had set a goal of collecting 90,000 signatures from registered voters in the state. […]

Keep Kids First calls on Support Our Schools to stop petition drive on tax credit

BY: - August 15, 2023

OMAHA — Flanked by students touring a Catholic school in North Omaha, advocates of Nebraska’s new tax credit for scholarships to private K-12 schools called on the state teachers union Tuesday to stop fighting a law they said would help poor and minority students. A union spokeswoman said the premise pushed by tax credit supporters […]

Crete Public Schools moves forward with random drug testing of 7th-12th graders

BY: - August 15, 2023

CRETE, Nebraska — School board officials in Crete decided to follow through with a random drug testing policy among students despite nearly a dozen speakers Monday night objecting to the policy. Crete school board president Justin Kuntz on Monday night described what he viewed as the importance of the policy after seeing an increase in substance […]

Labor trafficking in Nebraska, how prevalent is it? UNO research team aims to find out.

BY: - August 14, 2023

OMAHA — Local university researchers are embarking on a two-year probe into how widespread illegal labor trafficking is in Nebraska. Boosted by a roughly $500,000 grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the project is led by Teresa Kulig and Sadaf Hashimi, both assistant professors of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. […]

Students within the University of Nebraska system save some bucks on books

BY: - August 14, 2023

OMAHA — The University of Nebraska system has saved students an estimated $16.7 million in textbook and course material costs over the last five years through its “Open Nebraska” initiative, which is aimed at making school more affordable. That surpasses a goal to hit $10 million in savings through that effort by the end of […]

Spending tops $2 million in battle to rescind, or retain, state’s new Opportunity Scholarship law

BY: - August 4, 2023

LINCOLN — Spending to rescind a new school choice law in Nebraska, along with expenditures to retain it, have topped $2 million, according to the most recent state campaign spending reports. The bulk of the money came from two sources: teachers unions that oppose school-choice laws; and an organization backed by former Trump administration official […]

Allegations about Lincoln superintendent’s previous role in Iowa referred to judge

BY: - August 3, 2023

LINCOLN — A storm brewing over the superintendent of Nebraska’s second-largest K-12 school district stirred this week into a potential threat against his license as a school administrator in Iowa.  The Iowa state board that disciplines teachers and school administrators found the allegations against Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Paul Gausman by his previous employer credible […]

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State auditor alleges Norfolk school official provided falsified documents in a grant request

BY: - August 3, 2023

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include comments from Bill Robinson’s attorney. LINCOLN — The Nebraska State Auditor’s Office, in a Thursday report, alleged that a Norfolk, Nebraska, school official provided falsified documents in efforts to obtain a grant that was no longer available. The report alleges that Bill Robinson, associate superintendent of Norfolk […]

Nebraska parent involvement hearing devolves into talk of slavery, CRT, porn and Bill Gates

BY: and - July 31, 2023

LINCOLN — Some social conservatives in Nebraska, after targeting abortion and LGBTQ health care, signaled an intent Monday to focus the 2024 legislative session and elections on education, including pushback by some parents against what’s taught and shared in K-12 schools.  State Sen. Dave Murman of Glenvil, the chairman of the Legislature’s Education Committee, and […]