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Bluffs teachers seek 8% increase
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Jan 30, 10:05 AM:

NE union seeks 8% increase in pay, despite tough budget times. District wants salary base same, but OK on automatic step increases. No voice given to those wanting more pay to go to quality teachers. 

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Teacher evaluation bill criticized
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Jan 24, 7:36 AM:

NE teachers, unions, and admins protest new eval law. Spotlight isn't shined bright enough on union motive. Only dim light on how evals will elevate student achievement, and in the dark on how they can uplift the >

Pilot program means ACT for all
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Jan 23, 3:30 PM:

NE high school juniors in eight districts to take both statewide and college prep exams in experiment to see how well ACT measures performance on state tests. In-depth look here at reasons, including whether encourage >

Parent conferences, test scores linked
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Jan 3, 5:42 PM:

Newspaper analyzed attendance at parent-teacher conferences and student performance. Found correlation between higher attendance and higher test scores. Also found to be true in high poverty schools where parents >

To make the grade, put in the time
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Dec 5, 1:46 PM:

One NB school system is debating how to classify struggling high school students and one proposal sounds a lot like social promotion. Bottom line, says Brookings' Whitehurst, name game serves only to turn attention away >

A pass for failing OPS students?
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Nov 29, 12:47 PM:

Omaha, NE, students could be allowed to move through grades without sufficient credits, but can't graduate without them. Real issue is ensuring students master concepts before moving to higher levels, which could leave >

6th grade may go to middle school
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Nov 15, 11:19 AM:

Omaha (NE) district considering plan to move 6th graders from elementary to middle schools. Want to reduce overcrowding and offer students more academic options. Unclear what happens if some parents don't feel their >

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
4/6
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
4/6
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 >

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