Education

Golden year for state-funded UNO Goodrich Scholarship Program

BY: - September 22, 2022

OMAHA — Marty Martinez recalls darting off the city bus with his shaggy hair, bell-bottoms and pointed-collar shirt, to get to his first humanities class at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was 18 at the time, a fresh graduate of South High’s Class of 1972. His hometown was still reeling from recent race […]

Nebraska education chief takes pandemic-related message to Capitol Hill

BY: - September 21, 2022

Nebraska’s education commissioner told a congressional panel Tuesday that this school year in Husker territory started with “much more reason for optimism.” “I am hearing that schools believe student negative behaviors that were markedly up in ‘21-’22 seem, at least for now, to have waned,” Matthew Blomstedt said in testimony prepared for a U.S. House […]

Gov. Ricketts takes aim at Title IX changes sought by federal officials

BY: - September 11, 2022

Gov. Pete Ricketts is criticizing the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed revisions to Title IX, and on Friday he called on other Nebraskans to weigh in as well. Federal education officials have stated that a review of current regulations, and of public and stakeholder meetings, suggest that the existing rules do not best fulfill the […]

U.S. education secretary urges boost in teacher pay, touts college debt relief

BY: - September 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — Amid K-12 teacher shortages, book bans and attacks over critical race theory, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona at a meeting with reporters on Wednesday stressed the need for higher salaries to attract prospective educators to the profession. Cardona also touted the Biden administration’s recent student debt relief announcement in late August. The White […]

State Patrol: Many options for parents to report concerns about school safety

BY: - September 5, 2022

LINCOLN — The Nebraska State Patrol and Nebraska Department of Education are reminding parents, students, and schools officials that there are many options for reporting school or student safety concerns. The reminder comes as schools in Nebraska have begun a new school year. To report threats of school violence or any suspicious activity surrounding Nebraska’s […]

Western Governors University

Nontraditional students get another option to complete college degrees

BY: - August 30, 2022

LINCOLN — Married with three kids and working, Amanda Redler said she couldn’t manage the one-hour commute to a community college from her home in Albion to resume her college studies. So Redler turned to the Western Governors University, a completely online university that Nebraska helped found back in 1996 when Ben Nelson was governor. […]

NSEA

State teachers union launches campaign to highlight public education, push back on effort to fund private schools

BY: - August 29, 2022

LINCOLN — The Nebraska teachers union will push a “Public School Proud” public relations campaign this fall to counter efforts to divert public funds to private schools. The Nebraska State Education Association said a grant from the National Education Association will help fund the five-week television, radio and digital campaign this fall. NSEA President Jenni […]

Feds discharge student loans for 1,340 Nebraskans who attended tech institute

BY: - August 18, 2022

LINCOLN — As part of a national effort to discharge student loans involving colleges that misled students, 1,340 Nebraskans will no longer be required to pay back their debts to one school. The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that it will discharge all remaining federal student loans that borrowers received to attend ITT […]

$85 million rural medical school at University of Nebraska at Kearney projected to open in 2025

BY: - August 11, 2022

Construction of an $85 million rural medical school at the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus is expected to begin in the fall of 2023 and open two years later. Thursday, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved details such as the construction budget and program statement for that second phase of the UNK-University […]

Boutique YMCA co-locates with the Bison of new Buena Vista High School in Omaha

BY: and - August 5, 2022

OMAHA — Teachers, counselors, cafeteria and other workers at Omaha’s new Buena Vista High School dropped in Friday to get acquainted with their new fitness-obsessed, tech-driven neighbor. That 2,800-square-foot “YMCA Express” workout space, co-located on the school’s 60th and L Streets campus, officially opens Monday. But faculty members were treated to tours and special demonstrations […]

Dunixi Guereca

Stand for Schools nonprofit names Californian with Nebraska ties as new executive director

BY: - July 26, 2022

A nationwide search has led the nonprofit Stand for Schools of Nebraska to hire a new executive director from California. Dunixi Guereca assumes the role in August. He most recently worked with the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and, prior to that, the Boy Scouts of America. Guereca has Nebraska connections, having studied political science and […]

Minds polluted? New film making rounds in Nebraska is filled with falsehoods, education experts say

BY: - July 18, 2022

On a Saturday this March, Stephanie Nantkes walked into the Civic Center in downtown Seward and found a few dozen people gathered in the meeting room downstairs, heads bowed in prayer. She found Kirk Penner, running for re-election to the Nebraska State Board of Education. She found Jessie Bremer and Jacob Bierbaum, local school board […]