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Addressing learning loss: What Omaha Public Schools is doing
Sep 23, 7:33 AM:

Nebraska data shows a detailed picture of OPS students’ decline in English and math proficiencies as a result of the pandemic.

Nebraska school choice supporters say high court ruling provides 'momentum'
Jun 22, 8:36 AM: School choice advocates in Nebraska called the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on a tuition assistance program in Maine "a monumental and motivating win." Opponents, meanwhile, argue it undermines public schools. >
'This is a false promise': Education advocates push back against Nebraska education bill supported by Gov. Ricketts
Mar 16, 5:20 AM: The program would allow students to purchase tutoring and digital learning services, but also offer the option of covering private school tuition. Royers said this is a misuse of government funding.
Nebraska bill would use public money to help special ed students attend private schools
Mar 1, 7:06 AM: Holly Hansen and her husband have always wanted to send their three sons to a parochial school to receive a Catholic education.
Public school advocates among those with objections to Ricketts' COVID relief spending plan
Jan 27, 8:40 AM: A proposal that attracted some opposition would send money to low-income families affected by learning loss. The pilot program would allow families to put that money toward private school or toward resources like tutoring >
‘What Are We Going To Tell Parents?’: Watch Democratic State Senator Break From Party, Confront Colleagues Over School Choice
Jan 14, 10:10 AM:

Nebraska State Senator Justin Wayne — a Democrat — broke from his party to support school choice legislation.

School choice bill fails in Nebraska Legislature despite unlikely political alliances
Jan 13, 5:31 AM: ;For another year in a row an effort to give underprivileged kids scholarships in order to access Nebraska private schools came to a fight in the Unicameral, and yet again it fell a few votes short of breaking a >
ACT scores improve at LPS, but on-time graduation rate declines as disparities continue
Dec 13, 8:48 AM: Last year's graduating seniors at Lincoln Public Schools scored better than their peers across Nebraska on the ACT for the second straight year despite the challenges of remote learning and staggered schedules. >
Statewide testing shows in-person learning better; increase in chronic absenteeism
Dec 7, 6:26 AM: Statewide testing numbers for Nebraska schools are out for the 2020-2021 school year and show Lincoln schools scoring above the state average in a variety of assessments. Numbers also show a statewide increase in chronic >
Petition drive aims to eliminate Nebraska Board of Education, give governor K-12 oversight
Nov 23, 9:38 AM: The sponsors aim to replace the Nebraska State Board of Education, education commissioner and Nebraska Department of Education with a new Office of Education accountable to the governor.
You feel more connected’: LPS’ virtual school draws together students from across Lincoln
Sep 7, 3:49 PM: The $3 million virtual school, paid for with federal coronavirus relief dollars, was established for the 2021-22 school year in response to the still-ongoing pandemic and as a solution to last year's hybrid learning >
LPS has $61.4 million in federal relief money to spend. Here’s how the district plans to use it.
Aug 31, 3:12 PM: Lincoln Public Schools would extend the school day for some students, add more therapists and update curriculum, among other proposals for its massive influx of federal coronavirus relief dollars.
More Omaha parents looking for alternative options as new school year approaches
Aug 16, 4:00 PM: Many kids in the metro will be heading back to school on Monday, but national statistics show thousands of parents are looking for other options when it comes to schooling.
Parents choose to homeschool kids as districts make masks optional, offer no remote learning
Aug 11, 4:56 PM: Immunocompromised families are finding themselves in a tough position right now as a majority of metro school districts are making masks optional without offering a remote learning program.
Opinion: Legislature assaults rights of parents
Jul 30, 9:17 AM: Led by Florida’s successful example, many state legislatures have expanded parental choice in their children’s education. Nebraska has not, going back to the sad episode in the early 1980s when a minister at a church-run >
North Platte Public Schools considers allowing part-time students to take electives
Jul 22, 11:03 AM: In the interest of providing an education for all local youths, the North Platte Public Schools are considering allowing part-time students to take advantage of opportunities previously unavailable to them.
Brewer: It's not the Legislature's money
Jun 8, 6:05 AM: I was very disappointed to see senators who have their own children enrolled in private schools voting against this bill. It showed their hypocrisy.
Enrollment option program helps local school districts grow
May 25, 7:18 AM: Parents have the option to choose what school they want to send their kids to thanks to the enrollment option program that was implemented into Nebraska’s legislature back in the ‘90’s.
LPS will not offer remote learning to high school students this fall
May 20, 5:53 AM: In a move signaling schools are closer to putting the pandemic in the past, Lincoln Public Schools is telling high school students to plan to be in the classroom this fall.
LPS reevaluating dedicated remote learning program for middle and high school students
May 12, 6:16 AM: Lincoln Public Schools is reevaluating the need for a dedicated remote learning program for middle and high school students amid growing access to vaccines and staffing challenges.



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