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Westside grading draws objections
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Nov 8, 3:04 PM:

Westside (NE) district changing from traditional A, B and C grades to standards-based 3, 2 and 1 system for elementary and middle schools upsets some parents. They say it subs proficiency for excellence. 

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World-Herald editorial: Good call by OPS
2/6
Oct 17, 10:01 AM:

NE district pushing teachers to use achievement data to identify gaps in students' learning. Plan sounds sensible, but biggest question is whether it will overcome middle school culture. Connect to nationwide convo >

Draft of teacher standards revised
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Oct 6, 1:20 PM:

NE ed board establishing achievement bar for teachers to meet to be considered effective. References to "cultural competence" removed because of potential political connotations. Seems issue should be lower priority than >

OPS rift: Dispute over control
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Sep 19, 1:52 PM:

Omaha, NE, board member's request for org chart of district employees denied because over stepped boundaries. Opens issue of control. Absent, is any talk of what Super or board's role is in improving achievement. >

Sunland area schools enrollment remains steady
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Sep 16, 2:52 PM:

Roundup of enrollment at Sunland area schools shows some rural numbers dropping, but there's growth in urban counties. Some rural losses chalked up to economy, but at least one system is looking at ways to lure back >

State releases reading, writing, math scores
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Aug 30, 11:53 AM:

NE district's test scores generally fall below state averages. District official wants to make sure standards and curriculum are aligned, since this was first year of statewide math assessment. Parents will be getting >

Educators told: No easy fixes
2/6
Aug 4, 6:33 AM:

Ed Commissioner says it's a myth public schools are failing, denies charters could do better. Calls on Supers to question tradition, stop using budget constraints as an excuse. Teachers aren't miracle workers, and >

Commission touts need for more virtual education, flexible calendar
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Jul 27, 10:42 AM:

NE Ed Commissioner calls for extended school year, and more early childhood and virtual education. Argues schools' mission has changed since 1950s, and families no longer need long vacations to help with harvest. Would >

A battle plan for 'war on truancy'
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Jul 12, 9:41 AM:

NE attempts to combat truancy problem. Tracking system reveals truancy a major factor in state's achievement gap. Tells us neighboring states' truancy definitions are lower than 20 days. Doesn't dig for scoop behind high >

Virtual school plan praised
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Jun 22, 6:37 AM:

Article about report extolling benefits of virtual schools, especially for students in rural or low-performing areas, but would like to see a few more specifics and info about costs. Good details on what NE wants to do >

NPHS graduate takes reins of school district
3/6
Jun 1, 12:14 PM:

In NE, North Platte Schools choose acting super from within. Focus here is on her background -- local high school grad -- and resume. Mentioned, but worthy of more details, is fact only four people in district qualify to >

Some Parents Say New Truancy Law Unfair
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Jun 1, 8:25 AM:

KETV uses a singular example to question state's new truancy laws. Is case reflective of a broader problem or an isolated incident? If the latter, report should make effort to reflect that. Students can't learn if they >

School's out for the last time
4/6
May 27, 1:27 PM:

Omaha, NE Archdiocese closes two elementary schools. Article contrasts feelings of teachers -- very sad/emotional -- with young students' desire for summer fun and seeming obliviousness to closure. Would like to know >

Why Nebraska teachers feel leery about governor
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May 27, 9:11 AM:

Not sure what to make of this op-ed describing NE teachers' apprehension with governor. Need more details than new labor law gives state and local government the "upper hand." Tell us why that's a bad thing -- or is it? >

Teacher union blasts governor
2/6
May 20, 8:39 AM:

NE teachers union blasts Gov for signing highway construction bill, saying it takes money away from K-12 ed. By that they mean teacher salaries, of course. Fine to want better pay for teachers, but need to tie it to >

Chadron, G-R schools look to take biggest hits
2/6
May 12, 10:35 AM:

Chadron, NE, schools braced for state aid cuts. Lots of talk about property taxes; almost nothing on student impact. A missed opportunity to look at challenges facing rural schools, and ways to maintain ed quality >

Manual-Legislature approves new school funding formula
1/6
May 9, 1:10 PM:

State to provide $822M in aid to schools next year. Local districts don't know exactly what they're getting and not happy with new restrictions. Unclear what's meant by restrictions. Less money? Specific rules about how >

Neb. lawmakers scheduled to debate unions bill
1/6
May 4, 10:01 AM:

NE Legislature to consider new bill on collective bargaining. Worthwhile. As with most union stories, no reference to impact on classrooms. Districts must find a way to retain their best teachers, keep class sizes >

Manual-Longer Millard school day opposed
3/6
May 4, 9:05 AM:

In NE, Millard board considers more class time for students. Some parents opposed. Reasons from both sides detailed here. Curious to know what neutral experts say about whether additional instruction time makes >

Manual-Nelson: Distance learning rules bad for state
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May 2, 9:56 AM:

NE Senator Nelson criticized U.S. Ed Dept. rules on distance learning, competitive education grant programs and other reforms. Assumes no one would come to rural areas to teach at charters and parents wouldn't choose >

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