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Latest state ed proposal for home-school rules make both sides happy
Feb 5, 5:39 AM: The latest proposed changes to state education rules governing home-schools, which drew more than 200 angry families to a state education board meeting two years ago, finally appear to please both sides.
Parents push for choice
Jan 29, 6:37 AM: Families pushing for state help in educating their children outside the traditional public school system rallied outside the Capitol on Thursday morning.
In Nebraska charter school debate, both sides gather support
Jan 28, 7:14 AM: Advocates of school choice will rally on the steps of the Nebraska State Capitol this morning, buoyed by a proclamation of support from Pete Ricketts.
Few surveyed clamor for charter schools, Nebraska poll finds
Jan 25, 6:42 AM: A poll commissioned by the Nebraska state teachers’ union found residents cool to charter schools and vouchers.
Parents and educators welcome to attend Opportunity Scholarship forum
Jan 6, 6:27 AM: Parents and educators are being invited to attend a community forum to learn about Opportunity Scholarships, which would be offered if the Legislature approves LB26.
Forum to discuss Opportunity Scholarships will be held Jan. 11
Jan 4, 5:50 AM: Parents, educators, and policy experts will provide information and take questions on LB26, the Opportunity Scholarship bill to be debated in the Legislature, which can help increase charitable support for private school >
New Nebraska nonprofit will weigh in on state education issues, promote school choice
Jan 4, 5:40 AM: The new organization will focus on advocacy, education, research and community organizing, she said. Although not focused on legislation, the organization supports “in concept” Sen. Bob Krist’s Legislative Bill 26, which >
OPS considering online classes, which could start as early as 2016
Nov 18, 6:50 AM: The Omaha Public Schools could join a growing number of districts offering virtual schools, where students trade traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms for online courses.
Analysis of public teacher salaries shows that pay reflects experience
Aug 10, 6:39 AM: Experienced, highly educated teachers are the most valuable educators. On that, Nebraska’s metro area school districts agree.
Charter school campaign begins in Omaha
Jun 29, 5:37 AM: Nebraska doesn't currently have a law that allows charter schools, and the activists at Saturday's gathering want that to change.
Gov. Ricketts to speak at pro-charter school group's Omaha event
Jun 24, 5:19 AM: Gov. Pete Ricketts will speak at an event Saturday in Omaha sponsored by a group seeking to allow charter schools in Nebraska.
Documentary provides balanced understanding of charter schools
Jun 16, 8:11 AM:

Presented by the film-making group Nebraska Loves Public Schools, the documentary “Consider the Alternative” dives into the complex issue of school choice, particularly the controversial discussion on charter schools.

Flipping learning around: Students watch lectures online at home, do hands-on work in class
Apr 29, 8:37 AM: Although it can take different forms, flipping generally involves switching when and how teachers deliver lessons and when students complete hands-on assignments. The basic format involves assigning students to watch a >
Controversial plan proposed to turn around Wakonda Elementary
Mar 6, 5:50 AM: Wakonda Elementary School is consistently among Nebraska's lowest performing schools on standardized tests. The federal money that could help changes comes with strings attached: changing the school's principal and turning >
Platte Institute supports tax credits for private scholarship donations
Mar 4, 6:30 AM: The Platte Institute, an Omaha-based think tank, released a policy study Tuesday supporting a legislative bill that would offer tax credits for donations to scholarships for students who want to attend private schools. >
Report backs tax credit scholarships like program outlined in legislative bill
Mar 3, 7:16 AM: A tax credit scholarship program such as one outlined in Legislative Bill 26 would provide greater educational choices for Nebraska families, according to a new report by the Platte Institute for Economic Research. >
OPS takes a fresh look at its bus policy, proposes changes to 'confusing' plan
Mar 3, 6:54 AM: But under the plan, which will be the subject of public meetings later this month, elementary and middle school students would have new limits on the number of schools they can choose and still get a bus.
Nebraska lawmakers greet backers of charter schools with skepticism, tough questions
Feb 18, 5:48 AM: Parents and charter school supporters said they will continue to lobby for more school options until Nebraska finally opens the door to charter schools.
Turnaround aid comes at a cost
Feb 17, 6:49 AM: The Omaha Public Schools plan to apply for a federal school improvement grant to trigger a turnaround at Wakonda Elementary, whose state test scores have landed the school on a list of Nebraska’s lowest-performing >
Rallies to focus on empowering parents for school choice
Jan 16, 5:46 AM: More than 60 rallies and other events are planned in Nebraska later this month as part of National School Choice Week.



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