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2013 News Release Archives

December 16, 2013

NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SEEKS
PUBLIC COMMENT ON STATE FINE ARTS STANDARDS


In an effort to involve the public in the development of learning standards for Nebraska public school students, the Nebraska Department of Education is seeking comments from the public and educators on the new, first-ever state standards for the fine arts.

December 12, 2013

BLOMSTEDT NAMED NEBRASKA EDUCATION COMMISSIONER


The Nebraska State Board of Education today named Matthew Blomstedt of Central City the new Nebraska Commissioner of Education.

December 6, 2013

FOUR FINALISTS NAMED IN SEARCH FOR STATE EDUCATION COMMISSIONER

The Nebraska State Board of Education announced today the names of four finalists for the position of Commissioner of Education.

December 3, 2013

NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CAREER EDUCATION SPECIALIST RECEIVES OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY AWARD

Gregg Christensen, Entrepreneurship and Career Education Specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education, received The Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy Award recently at the 31st National Entrepreneurship Education FORUM in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregg is a former President of the National Entrepreneurship Education Consortium

November 26, 2013

KERNEY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

Kevin Witte, a Kearney High School social studies teacher, received a national educator award today and $25,000 during a surprise presentation at his school.

November 22, 2013

NEBRASKA GED DIRECTOR VICKI BAUER RECEIVES 2013 NATIONAL AWARD

Nebraska educator Vicki Bauer has received a national award for her leadership of the state GED program.

The 2013 Distinguished Service Award recognized Bauer’s commitment and contribution to the state GED testing program as well as her support of adult GED test-takers and for making a difference in their lives and the lives of their families.

October 16, 2013

20 APPLICANTS SEEK JOB AS NEXT STATE EDUCATION COMMISSIONER

Twenty people have officially submitted an application to be considered as the next Nebraska Commissioner of Education.

The deadline for applications was yesterday, Oct. 15.

October 10, 2013

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION OBSERVES OCTOBER AS NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation announced today its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October.
The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate the public about disability employment issues and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

October 10, 2013

FIVE NEBRASKA SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED AS NATIONAL 2013 BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS

Five Nebraska schools were among 286 schools recognized recently as National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The schools were selected for their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement.

The following Nebraska schools were named Blue Ribbon Schools for 2013:

  • Burwell Elementary School in Burwell
  • Ord Elementary School in Ord
  • Wakefield Elementary School in Wakefield
  • Wisner-Pilger Elementary School in Wisner
  • St. Patrick's Catholic School in Elkhorn

October 8, 2013

ASHLAND-GREENWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER
NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR


Kristi Bundy, a sixth grade teacher at Ashland-Greenwood Middle School, was named Nebraska 2014 Teacher of the Year today during a surprise award presentation.

Nebraska Deputy Commissioner of Education Scott Swisher presented the award.

Bundy was one of four Nebraska Teacher of the Year finalists. The following teachers were finalists and will be recognized as Awards of Excellence winners:

  • Lisa Graham , who teaches 9-12 English, German and Spanish at Waverly High School in Waverly
  • Robert Henrichs, who teaches 9-12 English and theatre at Lincoln Southwest High School in Lincoln
  • Judith Ann Stucky, who teaches 9-12 science at Westside High School in Omaha

Bundy said her goal is “to help every student reach his or her potential.

September 30, 2013

21st CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS
GRANT COMPETITION ANNOUNCED


The Nebraska Department of Education is requesting 2014 proposals for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant competition.

The goal of the 21st CCLC program is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities as well as activities that complement the students' regular academic programs.

September 27, 2013

NEBRASKA SCHOOL DISTRICTS DEMONSTRATE IMPROVEMENT,
GROWTH IN STATE ACCOUNTABILITY RANKINGS


The Nebraska State of the Schools Report released today also showed that, overall, all student groups have made gradual, consistent progress in reading and mathematics under the state testing system.

A report on Nebraska public schools and student performance unveiled today showed most school districts demonstrated improvement and growth under a state accountability system. 

August 30, 2013

NEBRASKA ANNOUNCES INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
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.

August 28, 2013

APPLICATION FORM AVAILABLE FOR POSITION
OF NEBRASKA EDUCATION COMMISSIONER


The application form for the position of Nebraska Education Commissioner is now available.

The application may be accessed on the web site of PROACT, the firm overseeing the search process, at: http://www.proactsearch.com/current-openings/.  The application deadline is Oct. 15. Additional information on the search also may be accessed at that site.

August 21, 2013

NEBRASKA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
OUTSCORE PEERS ON ACT EXAM


Despite changes in the ACT college entrance exam, Nebraska’s 2013 high school graduates scored higher than their peers nationally and also outscored other graduates in English, reading, mathematics and science scores that measure college readiness.

August 13, 2013

NEBRASKA STUDENTS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE
READING, MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE SCORES


The new 2013 test results show Nebraska public school students scored higher on their state reading, mathematics and science tests than in previous years.

July 18, 2013

FOUR NEBRASKA BUSINESS OWNERS RECEIVE
2013 ENTREPRENEUR OF DISTINCTION AWARDS


Four Nebraska business owners who received assistance from Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation were recognized today for their success.

July 10, 2013

STATE ED BOARD SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON NEXT COMMISSIONER, EDUCATION

The Nebraska State Board of Education has launched an online survey for public comment on the characteristics important for the next Commissioner of Education and on the strengths and challenges of public education statewide.

The survey results will guide the State Board of Education’s search for the next Commissioner of Education and provide information on the Nebraska Department of Education as well as public education statewide.

July 3, 2013

NEBRASKA FBLA NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS NAMED

More than 280 Nebraska students and advisers recently attended the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA.

Nebraska FBLA members competed June 27-30 in more than 60 competitive events. More than 8,500 FBLA members from 50 states, territories and international chapters attended the conference.

July 1, 2013

TOP SkillsUSA NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS NAMED

More than 180 Nebraska students and advisors recently attended the 49th National Leadership and Skills Conference sponsored by SkillsUSA.
Students participated in the SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, MO., on June 26 -27. More than 5,900 students from 52 states and territories competed in 98 occupational and leadership skill areas.

July 1, 2013

SARA WINANS NAMED 2013 NEBRASKA HISTORY TEACHER OF THE YEAR

New York, NY (July 1, 2013):  Sarah Winans, a teacher at Kloefkorn Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been named the 2013 Nebraska History Teacher of the Year.  The award is co-sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY® and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on behalf of its Preserve America program. 

June 7, 2013

NEBRASKA BUSINESS TEACHERS RECOGNIZED

Forty-eight Nebraska business teachers were recognized by the Nebraska Department of Education at the Nebraska Career Education Conference held June 5 in Kearney.

June 5, 2013

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM OPEN TO ALL CHILDREN

Nebraska children enrolled in programs and camps that meet the Summer Food Service Program guidelines will receive free meals this summer.

To qualify under the Summer Food Service Program at least 50 percent of the children attending the camps or program must meet eligibility income standards.

May 30, 2013

WAUSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS RANK 7TH NATIONALLY
IN TEACHING OF PERSONAL FINANCE

Wausa Public Schools took home a 7th place national award for their student test scores on a financial literacy certification test during an event hosted by the New York Stock Exchange.

Administrators, teachers and students from the top ranked schools across the country attended a Working In Support of Education, also called w!se, awards ceremony in New York City on May 20. The event recognized high schools that teach personal finance.

May 24, 2013

NEBRASKA 8th, 11th STUDENT WRITING SCORES IMPROVE

Writing test scores for Nebraska 8th and 11th graders improved this year, according to two years of trend data.

Writing test results showed that 66 percent of Nebraska 8th graders met or exceeded state standards, a 2 percent increase. And, 68 percent of the 11th graders met or exceeded standards, a 6 percent increase. A report released today also showed that 68 percent of the 4th graders met or exceeded the standards. The state’s process for scoring tests was recently revised to better ensure high school graduates will succeed in college and their careers.

May 8, 2013

GOV. HEINEMAN, COMMISSIONER BREED RECOGNIZE
15 HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS FOR TOP ACT AND SAT SCORES


On May 8, Gov. Dave Heineman and Commissioner Roger Breed recognized fifteen 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 exam during two events. The ceremonies were held at Central High School in Omaha and Lincoln Southwest High School.

April 30, 2013

SkillsUSA NEBRASKA ANNOUNCES 2013 COMPETITON WINNERS

SkillsUSA Nebraska, a Nebraska Department of Education student organization, recently recognized award winners and elected new officers during its 2013 conference in Hastings. 

About 1,500 people attended the conference, including 1,200 high school and college and technical students and advisors.

April 18, 2013

NEBRASKA FBLA RECOGNIZES STATE AWARD WINNERS

The Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently named students who won state competitive events at the 51st annual State Leadership Conference in Omaha.

April 10, 2013

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


After-school programs will soon open at six new sites in the Nebraska communities of Broken Bow, Fremont and Scottsbluff.

April 10, 2013

NEBRASKA ED BOARD SEEKS NATIONAL FIRMS
TO ASSIST WITH ED COMMISSIONER SEARCH


The Nebraska State Board of Education is seeking a national firm to assist with the search for a state education commissioner.

April 5, 2013

DECA ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

Nearly 250 awards recognizing Nebraska high school students who participated in DECA were announced today.

The 56th annual state DECA conference was held recently 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 Anaheim, California, to determine the world’s best marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship students.

March 22nd, 2013

STUDENT HEALTH IS FOCUS OF MARCH 28 SUMMIT

Students, parents, educators and health professionals are invited to the Center for People in Need in Lincoln for the annual summit on children’s health.

March 5th, 2013

ED COMMISSIONER BREED ANNOUNCES JUNE 30 RETIREMENT

Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed today announced his retirement from public service effective June 30.

In an emotional statement, Breed read his letter of resignation to the State Board of Education, saying it has been his “highest professional honor to serve as Commissioner.”

March 4th, 2013

BRAIN INJURY IS FOCUS OF CONFERENCE, WEBINAR

Nebraska’s annual brain injury conference will be held April 4-5 in Kearney, offering information to assist individuals with brain injuries and their families.

The Nebraska Brain Injury Advisory Council will cosponsor the conference as well as a free March 27 national webinar on technology that could benefit individuals with brain injuries.

February 26th, 2013

LINCOLN NORTHEAST TEACHER SNYDER TO RECEIVE
McAULIFFE AWARD FROM UNL


Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 28, 2013 – Inspired teaching has earned Lincoln Northeast High School reading teacher Kimberly Snyder the Christa McAuliffe Prize for Courage and Excellence in Education.
The College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln presents the annual award to a teacher who exemplifies the character of Christa McAuliffe, an educator who died in the 1986 Challenger disaster. Snyder will be recognized at a banquet March 3 in Lincoln.

January 25th, 2013

NEBRASKA STATE BOARD MEMBER CHOSEN TO SERVE ON NATIONAL PANEL TO
MAKE POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS ON FEDERAL EDUCATION LEGISLATION

Arlington, VA – The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce that Molly O’Holleran, a resident of North Platte, Nebraska, was selected to the NASBE Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC), the entity responsible for developing federal policy recommendations and communicating with Congress and federal officials about the education reform priorities of state boards of education.

January 23rd, 2013

NEBRASKA REVISES CAREER ED STANDARDS

Nebraska career education standards have been revised to better prepare students for their careers and to help students better meet the needs of employers.

January 16th, 2013

KATT RECEIVES NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

Nebraska’s career education director, Rich Katt, recently received a prestigious national award, the Leaders Leading Leaders Award. Katt was one of 25 individuals who received the recognition.

January 11th, 2013

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.