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2013 - 2014 News Releases

October 14, 2014

FIVE NEBRASKA BUSINESS OWNERS RECEIVE 2014 ENTREPRENEUR OF DISTINCTION AWARDS

Five Nebraska business owners who received assistance from Nebraska VR were recognized today for their success

October 10, 2014

SCOTTSBLUFF HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER NAMED NEBRASKA TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Shelby Aaberg, a mathematics teacher at Scottsbluff High School, was named Nebraska 2015 Teacher of the Year today during a surprise award presentation.

Nebraska Commissioner of Education Matt Blomstedt presented the award.

October 7, 2014

GRANT COMPETITION ANNOUNCED FOR 21st CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS

The Nebraska Department of Education is requesting proposals for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers 2015 grant competition.

October 1, 2014

NEBRASKA VR OBSERVES OCTOBER AS NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

Nebraska VR announced today its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October.

September 30, 2014

FOUR NEBRASKA SCHOOLS NAMED NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS

Four Nebraska schools were among 337 schools recognized today as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014.

The Nebraska schools were recognized for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among groups of student. These schools demonstrated that all students can achieve to high levels:

  • Randolph Elementary School, Randolph Public Schools

  • Carriage Hill Elementary School, Papillion-La Vista Public Schools

  • Seedling Mile Elementary School, Grand Island Public Schools

  • Johnson-Brock Elementary School, Johnson-Brock Public Schools

September 29, 2014

PROJECT SEARCH RECOGNIZED BY GOV. HEINEMAN


Project SEARCH exemplifies the strength of partnerships in providing benefits to young adults with disabilities.

Nebraska’s job-driven training program has graduated 206 young adults with disabilities since the first site opened its doors in 2009.

August 26, 2014

NEARLY THREE OF EVERY FOUR NEBRASKA STUDENTS MEET STATE READING, MATH, SCIENCE STANDARDS

Nearly three of every four Nebraska public school students met state reading, mathematics and science standards in 2013-14, according to test results released today.

August 25, 2014

GOV. HEINEMAN CONGRATULATES STATE WELLNESS CHAMPIONS


The Department of Education was recognized for its increase in employee participation rate, from 14% to over 50%, and its continued commitment to developing a culture of wellness.

August 20, 2014

NEBRASKA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES OUTSCORE PEERS ON ACT EXAM


Nebraska ’s 2014 high school graduates scored higher than their peers nationally and also outscored other graduates across the country in English, Reading, Mathematics and Science scores that measure college readiness.

August 11, 2014

NEBRASKA CAREER EDUCATION ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS


Education, business and industry leaders as well as career education teachers were recently recognized jointly by Nebraska Career Education and the Association for Career and Technical Education in Nebraska.

July 29, 2014

PUBLIC ASKED TO COMMENT ON REVISED DRAFT ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS STANDARDS


Educators and the public are invited to comment on the newly revised Nebraska English Language Arts Standards on Aug. 5 by attending a public input session at one of seven sites across the state.

The State Board of Education and the Nebraska Department of Education are encouraging educators, parents and the public to review and comment on the draft standards, which are available at http://www.education.ne.gov/StandardsSurvey/index.html.

July 14, 2014

NEBRASKA FBLA NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS NAMED
Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students recently received 30 Top Ten national awards as well as three first-place national awards.

More than 330 Nebraska students and advisers attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN., June 29-July2. More than 10,300 FBLA members from 46 states, as well as U.S. territories and international chapters attended the conference with FBLA student members competing in 60 events.

July 2, 2014

NEBRASKA STUDENTS NAMED NATIONAL SkillsUSA AWARD WINNERS
Nebraska students who earned top 10 awards in the National SkillsUSA competition were named today by SkillsUSA Nebraska.

About 190 Nebraska students and advisors attended the 50th National Leadership and Skills Conference, sponsored by SkillsUSA, June 23 - 27 in Kansas City, MO.  More than 6,100 students from 52 states and territories competed in 99 occupational and leadership skill areas. 

June 23, 2014

PUBLIC ASKED TO COMMENT ON REVISED, DRAFT ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS STANDARDS
Educators and the public are invited to comment on the newly revised Nebraska English Language Arts Standards on Aug. 5 by attending a public input session at one of seven sites across the state.

June 9, 2014

FREE MEALS AVAILABLE TO CHILDRENEN ENROLLED
IN SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAMS, CAMPS

Free meals will be available this summer to children enrolled in programs and camps sponsored by the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for Children.  

June 5, 2014

FREE MEALS FOR CHILDREN AVAILABLE THROUGH SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM
Free meals will be available to all children attending programs this summer at specific sites across Nebraska.

Meals will be available through the Summer Food Service Program for Children, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program.

Click here for a list of sites as well as the sponsors and the dates meals will ba available to all children.

May 5, 2014

NEBRASKA BUSINESS TEACHERS RECOGNIZED WITH BEST AWARD

Forty-five Nebraska business teachers will be recognized by the Nebraska Department of Education at the Nebraska Career Education Conference on June 4 in Kearney.

May 1, 2014

GOV. HEINEMAN RECOGNIZING 15 HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS FOR
TOP ACT AND SAT SCORES


(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman recognized 15 Nebraska high school seniors today for their academic achievement in earning a perfect score of 36 on the ACT or 2400 on the SAT college admissions exam. The two ceremonies were held today are at Lincoln East High School and Westside High School in Omaha.

April 30, 2014

SkillsUSA NEBRASKA ANNOUNCES 2104 COMPETITION WINNERS

SkillsUSA Nebraska, a Nebraska Department of Education student organization, recently recognized award winners and elected new officers during its 2014 conference in Omaha. 

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

April 22, 2014

OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND AN OMAHA SCHOOL RECEIVE
2014 NATIONAL GREEN RIBBON AWARDS

Award Honors Schools and Districts for Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs; Improving Health; and Offering Environmental Education

Omaha Public Schools was one of nine districts nationally to receive the Green Ribbon District Sustainability Award.  Fontenelle Elementary School in Omaha was one of 48 U.S. schools recognized for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.

April 21, 2014

NEBRASKA RECOGNIZES STATE FBLA AWARD WINNERS

The Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently named students who won state competitive events at the 52nd annual State Leadership Conference in Omaha.

April 14, 2014

STATE ED BOARD ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS

Afterschool and expanded learning opportunities will soon be available at eleven new sites in the Nebraska communities of Nebraska City, Norfolk, North Platte, Ogallala, Omaha and Schuyler.

March 21, 2014

AINSWORTH HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR NAMED DELEGATE TO NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP

Hallie Bower, an Ainsworth High School senior, has been selected as Nebraska’s delegate to the National Youth Science Camp.

The 51st National Youth Science Camp will be held June 27 to July 20 at Green Bank, West Virginia.

March 18, 2014

GOV. HEINEMAN APPOINTS FLINT AND WETZEL TO STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Gov. Dave Heineman today announced two appointments to the State Board of Education. Glen Flint of Springfield was appointed representing District 2 of the State Board of Education and John Witzel of Papillion was appointed representing District 4 of the State Board of Education

March 12, 2014

NEBRASKA VR LAUNCHES WEBSITE FOR BUSINESSES LOOKING FOR SKILLED WORKERS

Nebraska VR has launched a website to help businesses find skilled, qualified job applicants and to provide new employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The website is available at www.vr.nebraska.gov/business .

January 21, 2014

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 14, 2014

NEBRASKA ANNOUNCES 2014 SUMMER FOOD SERVICE GRANT TO INITIATE, EXPAND SERVICES

The Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services today announced the availability of grants to initiate or expand Summer Food Service Programs that serve children.

January 14, 2014

NEBRASKA STUDENTS SELECTED FOR U.S. SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM

  • Students headed to Washington, D. C. and to receive $5,000 scholarship

Senators Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer today announced the names of the two Nebraska students who have been selected as delegates to the 52nd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 8 – 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

January 9, 2014

WISE, SIELER ELECTED TO LEAD STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION


The State Board of Education recently elected Rachel Wise of Oakland and John Sieler of Omaha president and vice president, respectively, for the coming year.

January 9, 2014

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2014 AMERICAN HISTORY TEACHER OF THE YEAR


The Nebraska Department of Education is seeking nominations for the 2014 Nebraska American History Teacher of the Year.

The Nebraska State History Teacher of the Year will receive a check for $1,000, historical teaching materials and will be eligible for the National History Teacher of the Year Award, which includes a $10,000 award.