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Policy Reference Manual



Matthew L. Blomstedt
(402) 471-5020


To raise the level of academic achievement through planning, policy formulation, and evaluation, including fiscal accountability, that improves the quality of education accessible to all students.



 The State Board of Education shall:

  1. Be the policy-forming, planning, and evaluative body for the state school program

  2. Deliberate and take action with the professional advice and counsel of the Commissioner

  3. Assure provision of student personnel services by schools

  4. Appoint and fix compensation of the Commissioner

  5. Remove the Commissioner from office if necessary

  6. Appoint and fix compensation of all professional employees upon recommendation of the Commissioner

  7. Organize the State Department of Education

  8. Through the Commissioner:
    • Provide supervision and consultation to schools
    • Issue materials
    • Establish rules and regulations which govern standards and procedures
    • Institute a statewide system of testing if determined to be advisable
    • Publish laws, rules, and regulations
    • Approve teacher education programs

  9. Adopt rules and regulations for Educational Service Units

  10. Prepare and distribute reports

  11. Consult with professional educators and lay leaders

  12. Conduct studies and investigations

  13. Submit to the Governor and Legislature a budget necessary to finance the state school program and the Department of Education

  14. Interpret its own policies

  15. Regulate school transportation

  16. Accept devises of real property and donations

  17. Approve programs for handicapped children

  18. Approve Veterans Education programs

  19. Administer federally established education programs

  20. Coordinate educational activities that pertain to elementary and secondary education

  21. Receive and distribute federal funds and commodities

  22. Publish directories and other documents

  23. Rent or lease office space

  24. Act as the State Board of Vocational Education

Statutory References:
79-310 State Board of Education; members; election.
79-311 State Board of Education; districts enumerated.
79-312 State Board of Education districts; description; basis.
79-313 State Board of Education; members; qualifications.
79-314 State Board of Education; members; vacancies; how filled.
79-315 State Board of Education; members; officers; Commissioner of Education; appointment; term; removal; seal; powers.
79-316 State Board of Education; members; impeachment; grounds.
79-317 State Board of Education; meetings; open to public; exceptions; compensation and expenses.
79-318 State Board of Education; powers; duties.
79-319 State Board of Education; additional powers; enumerated.
79-320 State Board of Education; liability insurance; for whom.
79-321 State Board of Education; State Board of Vocational Education; assumption of powers and duties; Commissioner of Education; duties.


The Commissioner shall:

  1. Organize institutes and conferences

  2. Visit schools

  3. Prescribe forms for reports and regulations

  4. Maintain an office in Lincoln

  5. Maintain records subject to examination

  6. Keep the Board fully informed and advised

  7. Prepare a budget

  8. Voucher the expenses

  9. Promote efficiency, welfare, and improvement of the school system

  10. Promote educational improvement by:
    • Preparing curriculum
    • Providing supervision and consultation
    • Holding conferences
    • Conducting research and evaluation
    • Assisting in the development of Effective Education

  11. Decide disputed points of school law

  12. Issue teachers' certificates

  13. Attend all Board meetings or designate a representative

  14. Serve as administrative head of the State Department of Education

  15. Delegate administrative and supervisory functions

  16. Maintain a system of personnel administration

  17. Prescribe administrative rules and regulations

  18. Perform duties prescribed by the Legislature

  19. Serve as executive officer of the State Board of Education and administrative head of the State Department of Education

  20. Provide educational leadership
Statutory References:
79-304 Commissioner of Education; qualifications.
79-305 Commissioner of Education; office; powers; duties.
79-306 Commissioner of Education; State Department of Education; administrative head; duties.
79-307 School districts; numbering.
79-308 Teacher's institutes and conferences; organization; supervision.
79-309 Public schools; duty to visit and supervise.
79-309.01 Teacher performance pay; local collective-bargaining agreements; data; Commissioner of Education; duties; school district; use of funds; return of funds.