Education

Chief Standing Bear film receives green light to begin production

BY: - December 10, 2022

LINCOLN — The film “I Am A Man: The True Story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear” will include filming in historically significant locations, including in Nebraska and on the Cherokee Nation Reservation in Oklahoma, according to the Cherokee Nation Film Office.  “The key plot of our story exists in the heart of the community surrounding […]

Pride flags and ‘safe space’ stickers: signal of student safety or political speech?

BY: - December 2, 2022

OMAHA — Some local parents and students consider a pride flag or “safe space” stickers displayed in a handful of Omaha suburban high school classrooms as inappropriately political. But these symbols aren’t political to local LGBTQ students. To them, these handheld flags, stickers and supportive posters help them feel accepted and safe. That is why […]

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Supreme Court to review student debt plan challenged by six states including Nebraska

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear oral arguments in February over a legal challenge by six Republican-led states to the Biden administration student borrower relief plan. Until the arguments are heard and the court issues a ruling, the $400 billion Biden plan is on hold due to a nationwide injunction […]

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Underground Railroad site in Falls City recognized by National Park Service

BY: - November 26, 2022

LINCOLN — There was a terrifying annual chore for Robert Nelson during his growing-up years in Falls City. Just before Memorial Day, he and a cousin had to scrub clean a massive, stone mausoleum that contained the burial vaults of his great-great-great-great-grandparents, David and Ann Dorrington. Their resting places were in crypts, down a set […]

Nebraska test scores show sizable hurdle of pandemic learning loss

BY: - November 23, 2022

LINCOLN — The academic hole facing Nebraska’s students, teachers, parents and policymakers became clearer Wednesday with the release of state K-12 test scores from 2021-22. Student proficiency scores in math and language arts were mixed, amid a national dip in student performance on tests taken during the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, proficiency scores in math […]

State Board of Ed races could decide future role of board, next Ed Commissioner

BY: - November 5, 2022

LINCOLN — A group of conservative Nebraska State Board of Education candidates has spent months stoking public fears about sex education and social studies. In doing so, they turned up the volume on four typically quiet races reaching the ballot box Tuesday. Their push is part of Republican efforts nationally and locally to boost turnout […]

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State senator criticizes Nebraska Board of Education for not allowing public comment at upcoming meeting

BY: - November 2, 2022

LINCOLN — A state senator who has been critical of the Nebraska Board of Education fired another criticism at the board this week for not allowing public comment at its meeting on Friday. State Sen. Dave Murman of Glenvil accused the board of playing “politics” with its agenda by denying parents the right to comment […]

Sen. Sasse, ‘sole finalist’ in UF presidential search, to lead Florida’s flagship university

BY: and - November 1, 2022

OMAHA — The University of Florida’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously offered Nebraska’s U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse the job as its 13th president. Sasse has one final hurdle to clear on Nov. 10, when the UF Board of Governors will vote on his annual contract of up to $1.6 million. (The Senate pays less than […]

A Winnebago native and college student receives a grant for a healthy living community project

BY: - October 27, 2022

LINCOLN — Charli Earth, a liberal arts student at Little Priest Tribal College on the Winnebago Reservation in Winnebago, Nebraska, has received a grant from the American Indian College Fund.  The Indigenous Visionaries is an American Indian College fund program that supports the development of women leaders within tribal communities and their local tribal colleges […]

OPS Hall of Famers represent highest levels of sports

BY: - October 26, 2022

OMAHA — Nine representatives of Omaha Public Schools, ranging from a world champ boxer to a former Olympic gymnast to an athlete-turned-school principal, are to be inducted into the OPS Athletics Hall of Fame. Honorees include high-profile community members, former coaches and administrators connected to schools from across the district’s middle and high schools. They […]

State touts student scores on national math, reading assessment

BY: - October 24, 2022

LINCOLN — State education officials on Monday touted the scores of Nebraska’s fourth and eighth graders on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test. No other state scored higher than Nebraska’s fourth graders in math on the 2022 test, and only one state scored higher in eighth-grade math, according to the Nebraska Department of Education. […]

Biden student debt forgiveness plan on temporary hold after appeals court ruling

BY: and - October 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from carrying out its student loan forgiveness plan, until the court makes a determination on a request for an injunction brought by six Republican-led states, according to multiple media reports. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is giving the Biden administration […]