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2011 News Release Archives

November 29, 2011

NEBRASKA CAREER EDUCATION STUDENTS RECOGNIZED

One hundred and six Nebraska Career Education students were recognized in November for national awards they received earlier this year. 

Gov. Dave Heineman and Nebraska Deputy Commissioner of Education Scott Swisher recognized Nebraska Career Education students who received first, second, third place or finalist awards during national leadership and skills competition held by their respective Career Student Organizations. Students were recognized Nov. 21 at the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda. The following students are members of DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FEA, FFA, HOSA, PBL and SkillsUSA. All of these organizations are members of the Center for Student Leadership at the Nebraska Department of Education.

November 10, 2011

FOUR NEBRASKA SCHOOLS RECEIVE
HealthierUS SCHOOL CHALLENGE AWARDS


Four Nebraska schools have received the HealthierUS School Challenge Award.
The following schools and school districts received Bronze Awards:

  • Messiah Lutheran Elementary School in Lincoln
  • Hartington Public Schools in Hartington
  • Palisade Attendance Center, Wauneta-Palisade Public Schools, in Chase County
  • Wauneta Attendance Center, Wauneta-Palisade Public Schools, in Chase County

November 3, 2011

NET TELEVISION PROGRAM FOCUSES
ON CHALLENGES OF VETERANS EXPERIENCING A TBI


The challenges of veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries will be the focus of a NET Television program that will air Nov. 10 and Nov. 13.

October 19, 2011

REPORT ON NEBRASKA PUBLIC SCHOOLS RELEASED

A report on Nebraska public schools and student performance was released today during a news conference in Lincoln..

October 18, 2011

OMAHA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER
NAMED NEBRASKA TEACHER OF THE YEAR


Luisa Palomo, a Liberty Elementary School teacher in Omaha, was named Nebraska Teacher of the Year today during a surprise presentation in her classroom.

Nebraska Commissioner of Education Roger Breed presented the award to Palomo.

October 6, 2011

GRANT COMPETITION TO ESTABLISH EXPAND
LEARNING CENTERS ANNOUNCED


The Nebraska Department of Education is requesting 2011-2012 proposals to establish or expand community learning centers that provide extended learning opportunities for Nebraska students.

21st Century Community Learning Centers grants support centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities as well as activities that complement the students' regular academic programs.

October 4, 2011

NEBRASKA VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION RECOGNIZES
NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYEMENT AWARENESS MONTH


Nebraska’s Vocational Rehabilitation offices will hold events across the state to recognize October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month and to promote the employment and advancement of workers with disabilities.

September 15, 2011

FOUR NEBRASKA SCHOOLS
RECEIVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION


Alma Elementary School in Alma, Falls City Senior High School in Falls City, Hitchcock County Junior/Senior High School in Trenton and Riley Elementary School in Lincoln were named national Blue Ribbon Schools today by the U. S. Department of Education.

September 6, 2011

STATE ED DEPARTMENT DEVELOPS NEW TOOLS
TO HELP PARENTS, SCHOOLS IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING


Nebraska Department of Education unveils parent-friendly reading standards, new instructional tool for teachers, parents.

Nebraska parents and teachers now can find grade-by-grade resources for use in the home or classroom to help children in reading and mathematics.

August 29, 2011

NEBRASKA STUDENT TEST RESULTS ANNOUNCED
FOR READING, MATHEMATICS, WRITING


Nearly 72 percent of Nebraska students met or exceeded state reading goals and about 63 percent met or exceeded the mathematics standards, according to 2011 state test results released today by the Nebraska Department of Education.

August 16, 2011

NEBRASKA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
CONTINUE TO OUTSCORE PEERS ON ACT EXAM


Nebraska’s 2011 high school graduates scored higher than their peers nationally on the ACT college entrance exam and also outscored other graduates in the subjects measuring college readiness.

In the four areas used to determine college readiness, Nebraska graduates scored higher than students in other states in each subject:

  • 76 percent met the English goal, compared to 66 percent nationally.
  • 60 percent tested ready in reading, compared to 52 percent nationally.
  • 50 percent met the mathematics benchmark, compared to 45 percent nationally.
  • 36 percent tested ready in science, compared to 30 percent nationally.

August 15, 2011

INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES ANNOUNCED
FOR SCHOOL LUNCH, OTHER NUTRITION PROGRAMS


The Nebraska Department of Education’s Nutrition Services office has announced the Income Eligibility Guidelines for free and reduced price meals for persons unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch, Breakfast, Special Milk and Child and Adult Care Food Programs.

Participating schools, child care and adult care centers have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

July 25, 2011

STATE ED BOARD MEMBERS CRONK, O'HOLLERAN, SIELER
COMPLETE NATIONAL BOARD ORIENTATION


Arlington, VA — Nebraska State Board of Education members Lynn Cronk of Grand Island, Molly O’Holleran of North Platte and John Sieler of Omaha recently completed three days of intensive training to help new board members become highly effective state education policymakers. The training was provided by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) at no charge for up to two members per state.

July 20, 2011

TBI SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS CHALLENGES,
BARRIERS TO SERVICES, SUPPORT


Nebraska teacher and principal effectiveness standards will be the focus of seven forums held statewide beginning July 19 with the goal of gathering public comment on recently developed educator effectiveness guidelines for school districts.

July 11, 2011

STATE BOARD INVITES PUBLIC TO COMMENT
ON TEACHER, PRINCIPAL EFFECTIVENESS STANDARDS


A statewide survey conducted last year highlights the health challenges and barriers to services and support for individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.

July 6, 2011

FREE, ONLINE SERVICE TO LIST AND FIND
RENTAL HOUSING CELEBRATES 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY


Individuals searching for available rental property to meet their needs will find on average 600 listings each day at www.Housing.NE.gov.

The free service ― Housing.NE.gov ― is celebrating its success over the past five years.

Landlords are encouraged to list rental housing on this free service, which is searched daily by potential tenants across the state

July 6, 2011

NEBRASKA FBLA STUDENTS RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARDS

Forty-seven Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America students recently received Top 10 Awards at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Orlando.

Students placing first, second or third in state competition competed June 28 through July 1 at the national conference.

June 29, 2011

52 NEBRASKA SkillsUSA STUDENTS RECEIVE
NATIONAL TOP 10 AWARDS


Fifty-two Nebraska students received national SkillsUSA awards during competition June 20-24 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Overall, 205 students and advisors from Nebraska attended the 47th National Leadership and Skills Conference, sponsored by SkillsUSA.

June 29, 2011

DUFFY NAMED CONTACT FOR NEBRASKA FINE ARTS EDUCATION

Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed on Tuesday named Mary Duffy the contact for fine arts education in Nebraska.

Duffy has served Nebraska schools for 11 years as the state director of high ability learning. She will continue that role and take on the additional responsibility for fine arts education effective immediately. Duffy will be the point of contact for fine arts education and will help coordinate fine arts curriculum and activities for Nebraska schools.

June 28, 2011

NEBRASKA CAREER EDUCATION AWARDS RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

The Nebraska Department of Education on June 9 recognized education and business/industry leaders for their commitment and support of quality career education programs in Nebraska schools.
The 2011 Nebraska Career Education Award recipients were named during the Nebraska Career Education conference in Kearney. More than 500 career education instructors, counselors, administrators and business/industry representatives from across the state attended the annual professional development conference in Kearney.

June 28, 2011

FORMER STATE ED BOARD PRESIDENT FRED MEYER
RECEIVES CAREER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP, ADVOCACY AWARD


Fred Meyer of St. Paul recently received the 2011 Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meyer received the award June 8 during the Nebraska Career Education Conference, a professional development conference attended by more than 500 career education instructors, counselors, administrators and representatives of business and industry across the state. Meyer served on the State Board of Education from 1999 until he retired in January, 2011. He was board president from 2004 to 2009.

June 10, 2011

55 NEBRASKA BUSINESS TEACHERS RECOGNIZED

Fifty-five Nebraska business teachers were recognized by the Nebraska Department of Education at the Nebraska Career Education Conference held Wednesday in Kearney.
               
Teachers whose professional activities influenced business and marketing education in Nebraska during the past year received BEST — Belong, Excel, Study and Travel — Awards for their involvement in professional associations, community and school activities, professional leadership development and service to the business education profession.

May 19, 2011

TWO NEBRASKA STUDENTS NAMED
2011 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS


Two Nebraska students have been named 2011 United States Presidential Scholars.

The students are:

  • Emily Chen of Brownell-Talbot School in Omaha
  • Eric Mattson of Lincoln East High School in Lincoln

The Nebraska students were among 141 students selected nationally for demonstrating leadership, scholarship and their contributions to school and community as well as for outstanding accomplishments in the arts, sciences, humanities and other fields of interest.

May 19, 2011

NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
RECEIVES $750,000 NASA GRANT


Nebraska schools with 21st Century Community Learning Centers will focus on boosting science and mathematics education for students under a new $750,000 NASA grant awarded to the Nebraska Department of Education.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers are before- and after-school and summer programs in more than 100 schools across the state. Those schools have a diverse student enrollment and a high level of poverty with at least 40 percent of the students qualifying for free and reduced priced meals.

May 3, 2011

GOV. HEINEMAN, COMMISSONER BREED RECOGNIZE 17 HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
FOR TOP ACT, SAT SCORES


(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today will recognize 17 Nebraska high school seniors for their academic achievement in earning top scores of 36 on the ACT or a 2400 on the SAT college admissions exams during two events. The ceremonies are being held today at Lincoln Southeast High School and Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha.

The Governor was joined by Dr. Roger Breed, Nebraska’s Commissioner of Education, in honoring seniors earning the highest possible composite scores on the exams and will graduate this spring. Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy is visiting three students unable to attend today’s events.

May 2, 2011

PARTNERING 4 STUDENTS UNVEILED

Helping children placed outside their homes is the focus of a new website: www.Partnering4students.org 

The web-based tool kit was built through a widespread, collaborative initiative with one goal: Better ensure students placed outside their homes receive the best possible education to improve their future career opportunities.

April 28, 2011

SkillsUSA NEBRASKA ANNOUNCES
2011 COMPETITION WINNERS


SkillsUSA Nebraska, a Nebraska Department of Education student organization, recognized award winners and elected new officers during its 2011 conference April 14 -1 6 in Hastings. 

About 1,400 people attended the conference, including 1,000 high school, college and technical education students and advisors.

April 21, 2011

DECCA ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

Nearly 240 DECA awards were given to Nebraska high school students recently at the 54th DECA conference in Lincoln.

The top 150 Nebraska students who finished first, second or third in their events will challenge more than 14,000 other students from the United States, the U.S. territories, Canada and Germany during the national competition in Orlando to determine the world’s best marketing, management and entrepreneurship students.

April 20, 2011

FAMILY, CAREER AND COMMUNITY LEADERS OF AMERICA
ANNOUNCES 2011 STATE CONFERENCE WINNERS


The Nebraska Family, Career and Community Leaders of America announced today state competition winners.

FCCLA held its state competition April 3-5 in Lincoln. About 1,200 delegates from 102 state chapters attended the conference.

FCCLA is a youth-lead organization that focuses on family.

April 19, 2011

NEBRASKA FBLA RECOGNIZES STATE AWARD WINNERS

The Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently recognized the winners of its state competitive events and named new officers.

Nearly 2,200 students and advisers from 120 Nebraska schools attended the Nebraska FBLA State Leadership Conference in Omaha. Members competed in more than 60 chapter, team and individual events.

April 11, 2011

STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
RECIEVES TWO NATIONAL AWARDS


Nebraska’s Vocational Rehabilitation office recently received two national awards for developing the first-ever screening tool to help identify young children who have experienced a traumatic brain injury and for the development of informational resources for parents.

April 7, 2011

BRAIN INJURY FOCUS
OF MAY 19-20 CONFERENCE


The 5th annual conference focusing on brain injury will be held May 19-20 in Kearney.

Highlights of the conference include Jason Crigler and his sister, Marjorie Crigler, who will explain how family involvement made a difference in Jason's recovery after he experienced a brain hemorrhage in 2004.

April 7, 2011

STATE ED BOARD ANNOUNCES GRANTS
FOR BEFORE - AND AFTER-SCHOOL CENTERS


Before- and after-school programs will soon open at eight new sites in Nebraska. These federally-funded programs provide extra help for students in reading, mathematics and other studies.

March 15, 2011

STATE NETWORK PROMOTES AWARENESS, SERVICES
FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER IN APRIL


The Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorder Network is reaching out to parents and caregivers to increase the awareness of autism and to help with the early identification of children who have autism.

During April, National Autism Awareness Month, the state network is holding its 8th annual conference and promoting the availability of local and national resources.

January 11, 2011

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE SPONSORS SOLICITED

The Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services is seeking potential sponsors to operate the Summer Food Service Program in Nebraska. Eligible sponsors include public or nonprofit private schools, residential camps and local, municipal, county or state government sites as well as private, nonprofit sponsors and sites.

January 11, 2011

NEBRASKA STUDENTS SELECTED FOR
UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM

Students Headed to Washington, D. C. and to Receive $5000 Scholarship.

Senators Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns on Monday announced the names of the two students who have been selected as delegates to the 49th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 5 – 12, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

January 7, 2011

SCHEER, EVNEN ELECTED TO LEAD
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

The State Board of Education today unanimously elected Jim Scheer of Norfolk and Robert Evnen of Lincoln president and vice president, respectively, for the coming year