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Nebraska higher ed seeking nearly $300 million for building projects

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Nebraska’s state colleges and universities are asking lawmakers for millions of dollars in building projects. The Nebraska State College System is seeking nearly $50.4 million to renovate three buildings and construct a new facility on its three campuses. Chancellor Stan Carpenter made the funding request (LB755) to the state Appropriations Committee Tuesday morning. “We recognize […]

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York College offering courses to inmates at NCCW

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A dozen inmates at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW) are going to college. York College, which is three miles from the facility, is piloting a program with 12 inmates. Provost Shane Mountjoy says the first group started taking a class this month. “There are so many cycles of poverty and poor choices and […]

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Gov. Ricketts proclaims “School Choice Week” in Nebraska

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Gov. Pete Ricketts has proclaimed this “School Choice Week” in Nebraska, part of a national campaign to raise awareness of educational choices beyond public schools. Ricketts says he believes in public schools, but says Nebraska needs to become more accommodating to other options. “There’s other options we can look at with regard to school choice […]

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Civics test to be required for Elm Creek diploma in 2017

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Three Elm Creek High School students who are on a mission to solve what they call the country’s “civics crisis” are taking a first big step toward their goal. The Elm Creek school board has approved a civics test requirement for graduation, starting in 2017. District Superintendent Dean Tickle says it’s a unique move that […]

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Elm Creek becomes first Nebraska school to require grads to pass civics test

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Students attending Elm Creek High School will soon be required to pass a civics or U.S. citizenship test before receiving their high school diplomas. The Elm Creek School Board has approved a Civics Test Requirement for graduating seniors beginning in 2017. Elm Creek becomes the first school in Nebraska to require a student to pass […]

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Sioux City suspends 12-year-old who took gun to school

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School officials in Sioux City, Iowa, are releasing more information about last week’s incident in which a 12-year-old boy brought a handgun to school. Superintendent Paul Gausman credits a tip, which allowed police to be at the school and meet the 6th grade student before classes started. “If there’s one message I’d like to share […]

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Nebraska State Patrol to young drivers: pay attention to the road

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The Nebraska State Patrol wants more young drivers to wear a seatbelt and, in general, focus when they are behind the wheel. Troopers are making a three month push to re-educate teens, thanks to a $20,350 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety. One program uses a rollover simulator to show how effective a […]

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NSAA approves Gender Participation Policy

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The Nebraska School Activities Association Thursday voted 6-2 to approve a Gender Participation Policy. Executive Director Jim Tenopir this would allow transgender high school students to participate in activities according to their gender identity if they meet certain requirements. Executive Director Jim Tenopir says, ” We have had a number of school administrators who have […]

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Farm Bureau to again press for property tax cut

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Members of the Nebraska Farm Bureau will again push for property tax relief during the upcoming legislative session. The sticking point seems to be school funding. Tonya Storer of Whitman has been leading the Farm Bureau’s School Finance Committee which has recommended school districts not rely on property tax revenue for more than 40% of […]

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First of several “learning centers” for SCC will be ready to open soon

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Southeast Community College is finalizing its first lease of space for the first of a series of learning centers being planned across the school’s 15-county service territory. Beatrice campus president Bob Morgan says the York City Council has approved the lease, allowing SCC to use space in a local convention center. The college will lease […]

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Random drug tests to start next fall in Grand Island schools

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Some students in Grand Island will soon be subject to random drug tests. Published reports say the school board has voted to enact a new policy that will randomly drug test students who take part in extracurricular activities. A third party will likely draw the names of students to be tested. The district superintendent says […]

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Group upset about proposed changes to Omaha Public Schools sexual education curriculum

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Nebraska’s largest school district is looking at updating their Human Growth, Development and Sexual Education course and that is leaving many parents and concerned citizens up in arms. Dave Meyer is with savenebraskachildren.com and the group has met Omaha Public School administrators about the new curriculum. He says many students attended a conference sponsored by […]

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UNK prof wins international award for family research

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A family studies professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is being recognized for her research on family dynamics around the world. Sylvia Asay recently traveled to Vancouver, Canada, where she received the Jan Trost Award from the International Section of the National Council on Family Relations. Asay says, “Most of my research has focused […]

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Vast majority of Nebraska schools score well under new criteria

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Most Nebraska public schools are doing well under new accountability criteria. State Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt gives a positive assessment of school quality in releasing the new accountability formula. “We believe that schools generally in Nebraska are good,” Blomstedt tells reporters during a news conference. “However, we have schools that fall into ‘needs improvement’ in […]

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University of Nebraska officials hope to avoid MU-type protests

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University of Nebraska officials hope to prevent the disruptions that have occurred on campuses throughout the country from happening on the Lincoln campus. UNL Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Juan Franco, says university officials try to keep communication lines open, both formally with different groups and informally in one-on-one discussions with students. “We try to […]

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