Nebraska lawmaker brings thinner, updated proposal for K-12 school transparency

BY: - February 6, 2024

LINCOLN — After trying in 2023 for a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” in public K-12 schools, Nebraska’s Education Committee chair returned this year with a thinner proposal on content, libraries and more. State Sen. Dave Murman of Glenvil tried to pass Legislative Bill 374, the “Parents’ Bill of Rights and Academic Transparency Act,” last year […]

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Nebraska lawmaker seeks to allow offsite religious electives for public K-12 students

BY: - February 5, 2024

LINCOLN — A Nebraska state senator testified Monday that allowing offsite religious electives could be “another tool” in addressing K-12 students’ behavior and academic performance. Legislative Bill 1066, introduced by State Sen. Loren Lippincott of Central City and 11 other senators, would allow a private entity approved by a public school board to offer elective courses […]

NU unveils full cost of attendance scholarship, stipend for perfect ACT performance

BY: - February 5, 2024

LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska announced Monday it will pay Nebraska students who score perfectly on the ACT to obtain an NU education. Interim NU President Chris Kabourek joined with regents, state senators, three NU chancellors and Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen to outline the inaugural President’s Scholarship for in-state students who obtain a 36 on […]

Bill would start Nebraska K-12 voucher program with $1,500 a year

BY: - January 30, 2024

LINCOLN — The next front in Nebraska’s school choice fight could shift toward a proposal by State Sen. Ben Hansen of Blair under which the state would deposit $1,500 a year per student into a new type of state-managed savings account for parents and guardians of students attending private K-12 schools. Using the language of […]

NU seeks to protect academic, athletic future in Big Ten, pledging closer UNL-UNMC ties

BY: - January 29, 2024

LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln took a significant step toward securing its future in the Big Ten Conference on Monday, which would preserve its membership in the academically prestigious group and its access to the highest level of college sports. The University of Nebraska system announced that the National Science Foundation has agreed to […]

Support Our Schools letter says its ballot measure is legal, should be placed before voters

BY: - January 25, 2024

LINCOLN — Nebraska advocates for public schools defended the legality of their ballot initiative Thursday, answering a push seeking the measure’s removal by State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Omaha, author of the state’s new Opportunity Scholarship Act. Support Our Schools Nebraska wrote to Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen this week, saying his office, […]

Critics say public universities are spending too much outside the classroom

BY: - January 23, 2024

Spending on administrative expenses at U.S. public universities has outpaced spending on academic roles in recent years, leading some students and alumni to question how wisely schools are allocating student tuition money and scarce state dollars. A conservative-leaning group that tracks higher education dollars found that administrative spending — which it defines as including such things […]

Sen. Linehan’s letter seeks to boot referendum on Opportunity Scholarships off Nebraska ballot

BY: - January 9, 2024

LINCOLN — State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, the author of Nebraska’s Opportunity Scholarships Act, asked Secretary of State Bob Evnen on Tuesday not to allow a ballot initiative that could repeal a new tax break for helping low-income kids attend private schools.  Linehan’s core argument is that the Nebraska Constitution reserves the power to set […]

Senators seek to eliminate tenure for college professors, end state inheritance tax

BY: - January 8, 2024

Editor’s note: this story has been updated to include comments from the University of Nebraska. LINCOLN — Bills to eliminate tenure protection for university professors in an effort to halt “indoctrination (of) leftist ideology,” and one to do away with Nebraska’s inheritance tax were among 37 proposals introduced during a snowy Monday at the State […]

Perry, Iowa, school district, partners work to support students and staff after shooting

BY: - January 5, 2024

PERRY, Iowa — The day after violence rocked Perry High School and the community, school district officials and partners discussed their efforts to support those working through grief and trauma. One student, an 11-year-old boy, died Thursday, and seven other students and staff were injured, including the principal, when a 17-year-old student opened fire at […]

Perry High School shooter killed sixth-grade student, injured five others

BY: and - January 4, 2024

Editor’s note: This has been updated with the latest details about the shooting and reaction from various public officials. A 17-year-old student of Perry High School, armed with a shotgun, handgun and a makeshift bomb, killed a sixth-grade student and injured five others Thursday morning before the start of the school day, according to state […]

Kansas universities demolishing old buildings to save millions on deferred maintenance

BY: - January 2, 2024

TOPEKA, Kansas — The Kansas Board of Regents allocated $16.5 million appropriated from the state treasury to turn to rubble 500,000 square feet of obsolete buildings on university campuses. After the dust clears from removal of those 20 buildings, officials said, the work would eliminate an estimated $80 million in deferred maintenance obligations. “This amount […]