News Releases

May 2023

May 1st

NEBRASKA DECA INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNERS NAMED

275 Nebraska students, advisors, and guests recently attended the 2023 DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, FL. Nebraska DECA High School members participated in leadership academies April 22-25 in 59 competitive events. More than 22,000 DECA members from 50 states, as well as U.S. territories and international chapters, attended...

April 2023

Apr 25th

NEBRASKA STUDENTS AWARDED SEALS OF BILITERACY

The Nebraska Department of Education and the Nebraska International Language Association have awarded 101 Seals of Biliteracy to 98 Nebraska students this semester. It is the first time that a Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy is issued for Filipino and Korean. The Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy is a collaboration between the...

Apr 10th

NEBRASKA FCCLA RECOGNIZES 2023 STATE LEADERS AND AWARD WINNERS

The Nebraska Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) met for their annual State Leadership Conference April 2-4 in the Lincoln Haymarket area. Nearly 1,100 students and advisers from 90 Nebraska schools attended the conference to grow their leadership skills, celebrate their accomplishments from the past year, and prepare...

March 2023

Mar 31st

DR. BRIAN MAHER SELECTED AS COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION

The State Board of Education has selected Dr. Brian Maher as the next Nebraska Commissioner of Education. The decision comes after a nationwide search process that included staff and stakeholder input and interviews with three finalists led by search firm McPherson and Jacobson. Dr. Maher will replace Dr. Matthew Blomstedt...

Mar 28th

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO INTERVIEW COMMISSIONER FINALISTS

The Nebraska State Board of Education will interview the following finalists for Nebraska’s next Commissioner of Education at a public meeting on Thursday March 30: Dr. Brian Maher, CEO and Executive Director of the South Dakota Board of Regents, Pierre, South Dakota. Photo, Resume Dr. Melissa Poloncic, Superintendent, DC West Community Schools,...

Mar 14th

FINALISTS NAMED FOR NEXT NEBRASKA COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION

The ad hoc search committee of the Nebraska State Board of Education has identified four finalists in the search for Nebraska’s next Commissioner of Education. “The Board received a strong slate applicants and while choosing finalists was not an easy task, we feel very confident in our selections,” said Board...

Mar 3rd

2024 TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

Nebraska has amazing teachers and being able to recognize their excellence is one of the highlights of the year. The Nebraska Department of Education is proud to provide an opportunity to recognize the best teachers in the state through the Nebraska Teacher of the Year Program. Nominations for the 2024...

February 2023

Feb 23rd

NEBRASKA SCHOOLS AMONG 55 NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN 2022

Two Nebraska schools are among 55 across the U.S. that have been named 2022 National ESEA Distinguished Schools for the extraordinary success of their students. The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA)—formerly the National Title I Association—has been selecting examples of superior, federally funded school programs for national recognition through the...

Feb 13th

NEBRASKA WORLD LANGUAGE DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS RECOGNIZED

The Nebraska Department of Education is recognizing 49 Distinguished World Language Scholars during World Language Week 2023. The World Language Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes Nebraska students for their leadership in language learning, commitment to language study, appreciation for cultural diversity, and communicative competence. Students were nominated by their teachers and...

Feb 1st

2023 SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM GRANT

Children need good food all year long, even when they are not in school. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides healthy meals to children, ages one to 18, free of charge. Community organizations and private nonprofits, as well as schools, and tribal and local governments, including parks and recreation...

January 2023

Jan 31st

NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES REVISED NEMTSS FRAMEWORK

The Nebraska Department Education revised the NeMTSS Framework designed to ensure every student across Nebraska has access to learning experiences that enhance their educational outcomes. Nebraska's Multi-tiered System of Support (NeMTSS) is a framework designed to address the Whole Child needs of students, including academic, social, emotional, behavioral, physical and...

Jan 25th

NEBRASKA VR CLEARS CLIENT WAITLIST

There is no longer a wait for vocational rehabilitation services in Nebraska for anyone determined eligible. The waitlist for Nebraska VR Employment Services has been cleared.  In the summer of 2021, more than 1,200 were on the waitlist. “This was possible due to the hard work of our dedicated staff...

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