- 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.
- 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
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