State Board Report
Board Meets In Person with Remote Public Comment
The State Board met in person for the first time since March, and for health and safety reasons, convened at the Courtyard Marriott. For the first time ever the board heard from the public remotely through video conference. Members of the public could call in using a phone or computer instead of appearing in person. September’s board meeting will also be at the Courtyard Marriott and will also provide access to remote public comment.
Teacher of the Year Presentation
Nebraska’s 2020 Teacher of the Year Megan Helberg also joined the board meeting virtually to give her quarterly report. From remote meetings to solo torch runs for the Cornhusker State Games, Megan hasn’t slowed down during the pandemic. Her year just looks a little different.
Helberg shared her experience with TEDEd and her speaking engagements for NDE Administrator Days, for an NSEA video, and with several schools. Helberg says she was nervous but excited to start a new school year.
Launch Nebraska Update
Board members got an update on guidance from the department through the Launch Nebraska website. Staff shared how the website works and highlighted the extensive guidance available from reopening to professional development and instruction. The website and guidance is updated frequently at www.launchne.com.
Contract and Grant Approvals
The Board approved a number of contracts and grants including several that will utilize CARES Act funding to address the COVID-19 impact on Nebraska schools.
Board members also approved a contract with ACT to provide statewide general assessments for grade 11 for the 2020-2021 school year.
Details of the grants and contracts can be found in the board agenda on the Nebraska Department of Education website.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the State Board of Education will be held on
Friday, September 4, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at the Nebraska State Office Building.
A work session may be held on Thursday, September 3, 2020 if needed. Times will vary by month.
For detailed information about the work session or business meeting,