- Nebraska charter schools bill draws overflow crowd with clashing views
- 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
- > 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
- Some view charter schools as 'solution looking for a problem'
- 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
- 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
- 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 physical force bill
- > 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
- Larson’s Bill Would Authorize Charter Schools
- > 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
- Tax credit for private-school scholarships draws strong support, pointed questions
- > 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
- Public school advocates say charters, vouchers would hurt Nebraska
- > 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- > 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
- State Board of Education candidates seek to shape future of Nebraska schools
- 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
- 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.
- OPS dual-language program caters to students new to English or Spanish
- > Sep 15, 6:41 AM: Parents in some parts of Omaha, including Gifford Park and north Omaha, have been clamoring for dual-language programs at their schools to foster multiculturalism at an early age and to improve student performance.
- OPS gearing up for this month's debut of Nebraska’s first K-8 virtual school
- > Aug 1, 6:37 AM: Nebraska’s first K-8 virtual school recently got the blessing of the Omaha school board, while Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans gave assurances that the online program would avoid the pitfalls that have
- OPS to test virtual education program with home-schooled students in grades K-8
- > Jul 5, 6:46 AM: Free from the walls of a traditional classroom, kids enrolled in Nebraska’s first K-8 virtual school could have access to 3-D printers and a full menu of educational videos to peruse at their own pace. They could
- Online pledge solicits support for public schools
- Mar 18, 4:50 AM: Education is center stage again this legislative session in Lincoln, with a years-long debate over charter schools getting more attention as both sides ramp up their efforts.
- Parents organize to push for education input, school choice
- Feb 26, 5:54 AM: Dozens of engaged parents gathered to speak up for students. Many said their loved ones struggled in traditional classrooms settings.
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