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School choice supporters call tax credit bill ‘historic’; measure headed to Legislature floor next y
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May 24, 5:23 AM: Officials from the Nebraska Catholic Conference, the Archdiocese of Omaha and Lutheran schools, as well as several state senators and private school students, attended a press conference at the State Capitol to show support for >
Omaha Archdiocese schools see highest enrollment gain in U.S.
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May 22, 5:02 AM: Omaha-based Catholic schools changed their recruiting tactics for new students, and a result is the highest two-year enrollment gain in the nation.
Tax credits for donations to private school scholarship funds set for debate in 2018
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May 19, 5:06 AM:

The Revenue Committee advanced a proposal Thursday that would give income tax credits for donating to private school scholarship funds.

Nebraska teachers union scolds Pete Ricketts for perceived snub
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Apr 27, 4:47 AM: The Nebraska State Education Association says Ricketts has refused to issue a ceremonial proclamation to observe the organization’s 150th anniversary.
Nebraska Voucher Program
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Mar 21, 5:54 AM: Vouchers for private schools are being proposed in Nebraska.  But vouchers may have minimal effects in rural areas of the state.
Nebraska charter schools bill draws overflow crowd with clashing views
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Mar 15, 4:50 AM: Passions ran high Tuesday at a legislative hearing about whether Nebraska should start allowing publicly funded charter schools in the state.
Debate over school choice in Nebraska
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Feb 23, 6:19 AM: Unbeknownst to Nebraska students, a fiery and impassioned debate surrounds them. “When we talk about school choice, we're just talking about the option and the opportunity for all parents - regardless of income or zip code - to >
Some view charter schools as ‘solution looking for a problem’
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Feb 15, 6:58 AM: As some lawmakers push for charter schools, others in Nebraska are wondering why they're necessary.
Opponents line up against proposal in Nebraska Legislature to use state funds for private schooling
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Feb 14, 6:31 AM: Defenders of Nebraska public schools came out swinging Monday against the idea of using state dollars to pay private school tuition.
New OPS student assignment plan sets off scramble for rides; 2,500 could lose busing eligibility
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Feb 13, 6:15 AM: Some Omaha Public Schools families are switching schools or scrambling to organize carpools ahead of sweeping changes to the district’s student assignment plan.
State ed board votes to oppose bills allowing for charter schools, vouchers; members can’t agree on
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Feb 6, 7:22 AM: The push to allow charter schools and vouchers in Nebraska got push-back Friday from members of the Nebraska State Board of Education. Board members voted to oppose legislative bills that would allow for charter schools and a >
Larson’s Bill Would Authorize Charter Schools
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Feb 2, 6:12 AM: The O’Neill senator representing District 40 hopes to achieve that goal through the Independent Public Schools Act, a legislative bill allowing charter schools to exist in Nebraska. The bill says Charters could form in any school >
Tax credit for private-school scholarships draws strong support, pointed questions
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Jan 27, 6:02 AM: A proposed dollar-for-dollar tax credit for donations to private-school scholarship funds would enable more students to attend parochial schools in Nebraska, but on Thursday the notion prompted concerns about potential abuse and >
Public school advocates say charters, vouchers would hurt Nebraska
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Jan 26, 7:30 AM: Public school advocates took turns at a podium in the State Capitol on Wednesday to argue against charter schools and vouchers they say would hurt what some consider the best public school systems in the nation.
OPS union won’t sign off on alternative middle school program run by outsiders
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Dec 23, 7:52 AM: The Omaha Public Schools teachers union is refusing to sign off on a plan to resurrect an alternative middle school program and have it run by an outside contractor.
Landscape could be changing for school choice in Nebraska
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Dec 19, 6:41 AM: School choice advocates gained a few new friends in the Nebraska Legislature and a big one in the White House with this year’s election.
Charter schools cause divisions in District 7 legislative race
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Nov 7, 7:14 AM: With Election Day less than a week away, opponents in the District 7 legislative race are clashing over one candidate’s past support of charter schools.
In Omaha Virtual School, 160 home-schoolers are forging a new educational path in Nebraska
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Oct 31, 6:23 AM: The program, run by the Omaha Public Schools, is the first K-8 virtual school in Nebraska. Classes started in August for the 160 students who enrolled. All of them are home-schooled. Their families took a gamble on a free program >
State Board of Education candidates seek to shape future of Nebraska schools
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Oct 11, 6:26 AM: Charter schools, experience and the backing of the Nebraska state teachers union are factors in two contested races for the Nebraska State Board of Education.
Candidates focus on public education in race to represent northeast Omaha in Legislature
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Oct 10, 5:44 AM: Bolstering public education is a top priority for the two candidates vying to represent northeast Omaha in the Nebraska Legislature.

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