- 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
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.>
Jun 16, 8:11 AM:
- 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.
- OPS board preparing for charter schools bills
- Dec 19, 5:42 AM: Nebraska’s new Legislature and Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts could give charter schools their warmest reception in years.
- Nelson Mandela Elementary, a free private school opening in 2015, aims to offer more choice in north Omaha
- Nov 14, 6:17 AM: Lozier stressed that the school will not be a charter school, which means it won’t take funding away from local schools. Charter schools are not allowed by law in Nebraska.
- Fund gives $2.1 million in aid this year to private school students
- Sep 23, 7:00 AM: The Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha helped substantially more families this fall than it did in 2013.
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