Duties

 The State Board of Education shall:

  1. Be the policy-forming, planning, and evaluative body for the state school program
  2. Deliberate and take action with the professional advice and counsel of the Commissioner
  3. Assure provision of student personnel services by schools
  4. Appoint and fix compensation of the Commissioner
  5. Remove the Commissioner from office if necessary
  6. Appoint and fix compensation of all professional employees upon recommendation of the Commissioner
  7. Organize the State Department of Education
  8. Through the Commissioner:
    • Provide supervision and consultation to schools
    • Issue materials
    • Establish rules and regulations which govern standards and procedures
    • Institute a statewide system of testing if determined to be advisable
    • Publish laws, rules, and regulations
    • Approve teacher education programs
  9. Adopt rules and regulations for Educational Service Units
  10. Prepare and distribute reports
  11. Consult with professional educators and lay leaders
  12. Conduct studies and investigations
  13. Submit to the Governor and Legislature a budget necessary to finance the state school program and the Department of Education
  14. Interpret its own policies
  15. Regulate school transportation
  16. Accept devises of real property and donations
  17. Approve programs for handicapped children
  18. Approve Veterans Education programs
  19. Administer federally established education programs
  20. Coordinate educational activities that pertain to elementary and secondary education
  21. Receive and distribute federal funds and commodities
  22. Publish directories and other documents
  23. Rent or lease office space
  24. Act as the State Board of Vocational Education
Statutory References:
79-310State Board of Education; members; election.
79-311State Board of Education; districts enumerated.
79-312State Board of Education districts; description; basis.
79-313State Board of Education; members; qualifications.
79-314State Board of Education; members; vacancies; how filled.
79-315State Board of Education; members; officers; Commissioner of Education; appointment; term; removal; seal; powers.
79-316State Board of Education; members; impeachment; grounds.
79-317State Board of Education; meetings; open to public; exceptions; compensation and expenses.
79-318State Board of Education; powers; duties.
79-319State Board of Education; additional powers; enumerated.
79-320State Board of Education; liability insurance; for whom.
79-321State Board of Education; State Board of Vocational Education; assumption of powers and duties; Commissioner of Education; duties.

COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION DUTIES

The Commissioner shall:

  1. Organize institutes and conferences
  2. Visit schools
  3. Prescribe forms for reports and regulations
  4. Maintain an office in Lincoln
  5. Maintain records subject to examination
  6. Keep the Board fully informed and advised
  7. Prepare a budget
  8. Voucher the expenses
  9. Promote efficiency, welfare, and improvement of the school system
  10. Promote educational improvement by:
    • Preparing curriculum
    • Providing supervision and consultation
    • Holding conferences
    • Conducting research and evaluation
    • Assisting in the development of Effective Education
  11. Decide disputed points of school law
  12. Issue teachers’ certificates
  13. Attend all Board meetings or designate a representative
  14. Serve as administrative head of the State Department of Education
  15. Delegate administrative and supervisory functions
  16. Maintain a system of personnel administration
  17. Prescribe administrative rules and regulations
  18. Perform duties prescribed by the Legislature
  19. Serve as executive officer of the State Board of Education and administrative head of the State Department of Education
  20. Provide educational leadership
Statutory References:
79-304Commissioner of Education; qualifications.
79-305Commissioner of Education; office; powers; duties.
79-306Commissioner of Education; State Department of Education; administrative head; duties.
79-307School districts; numbering.
79-308Teacher’s institutes and conferences; organization; supervision.
79-309Public schools; duty to visit and supervise.
79-309.01Teacher performance pay; local collective-bargaining agreements; data; Commissioner of Education; duties; school district; use of funds; return of funds.

 

Goals

Adopted: December 2, 2016

LEADERSHIP

Goal 1.1 – By 2018, the NDE will be organized through personnel and processes to provide leadership in school support systems, regulations, interagency collaboration, data systems, fiscal responsibility, and evaluation that will enhance the success of educational systems in Nebraska.

Goal 1.2 – By 2018, the Board and Commissioner will have a process in place to evaluate and ensure timely, high-quality services and systems of support provided by the Nebraska Department of Education.

Goal 1.3 – By 2020, 100% of teachers, service providers, school leaders and local school board members will have access to quality professional learning opportunities through an NDE facilitated professional learning directory.

Goal 1.4 – By 2020, the NDE will collaborate with the Governor, Legislature, postsecondary institutions, and the Educational Service Units (ESUs) to create a uniform process to align dual credit opportunities for students across the state.

SUCCESS, ACCESS, AND SUPPORT

Goal 2.1 – By 2019, the NDE will develop a system to regularly engage and survey clients, schools, and stakeholders to gather input and measure engagement and satisfaction.

Goal 2.2 – By 2026, the dropout rate of all Nebraska students including subgroups will be less than 1%.

Goal 2.3 – By 2026, 100% of Nebraska schools will have all students in grades 7-12 create and utilize a personal learning plan.

Goal 2.4 – By 2026, there will be a reduction in the percentage of students who are absent more than 10 days per year from 27.46% to 15%.

 

Goal 3.1 – By 2018, a baseline and benchmarks will be developed to track all students with a disability having access to participate in career counseling, explorations, self-advocacy training, and work-based learning experiences.

Goal 3.2 – By 2026, the 4-year cohort graduation rates for all Nebraska students will be greater than 92% and not less than 85% for any one subgroup.

Goal 3.3 – By 2026, the 7-year cohort graduation rates for all Nebraska students will be greater than 95% and not less than 90% for any one subgroup.

Goal 3.4 – By 2026, 100% of Nebraska schools will fully implement a systematic process for supporting the needs of highly-mobile students.

 

Goal 4.1 – By 2020, NDE will develop a statewide digital course and content repository.

Goal 4.2 – By 2026, 85% of all Nebraska students, upon graduation from high school, will have completed Advanced Placement coursework, earned dual credit and/or obtained industry certification.

Goal 4.3 – By 2026, 95% of Nebraska elementary schools would be able to identify at least one high-quality early childhood educational program accessible to all of the school’s resident preschool age population.

TEACHING, LEARNING, AND SERVING

Goal 5.1 – By 2018, the State Board will adopt a comprehensive approach to define and measure civic readiness.

Goal 5.2 – By 2020, all Nebraska elementary schools will provide evidence-based interventions for any students not on grade level in reading and/or math.

Goal 5.3 – By 2026, 100% of Nebraska schools will provide all students with a program for career awareness, exploration, and preparation.

Goal 5.4 – By 2026, at least 50% of all Nebraska high school students from any given cohort year, will have earned a college degree, credential, or certificate within five years of graduating from high school.

 

Goal 6.1 – By 2018, utilizing baseline data from the ACT, long-term goals will be developed for 11th grade achievement, including goals for subgroups.

Goal 6.2 – By 2018, the NDE will implement an assessment system to measure achievement and growth in grades 3-8 that meets the requirements of federal and state law and is timely for instructional purposes.

Goal 6.3 – By 2026, the percent of Nebraska students in grades 3-8 and 11 proficient in reading will increase from 79% to 89%.

Goal 6.4 – By 2026, the percent of Nebraska students in grades 3-8 and 11 proficient in math will increase from 72% to 82%.

Goal 6.5 – By 2026, the percent of Nebraska students in grades 3-8 and 11 proficient in science will increase from 72% to 82%.

 

Goal 7.1 – By 2018, NDE will develop and implement a statewide teacher equity plan.

Goal 7.2 – By 2020, 100% of Nebraska schools will utilize performance standards and a research-based evaluation system for all certificated staff as aligned to Rule 10.

Goal 7.3 – By 2022, 100% of Nebraska schools will be staffed by teachers who have or are actively pursuing a teaching certificate with the appropriate endorsement for the subject(s) and grade level(s) of the course(s) being taught.

Members

State Board of Ed District Map

 

District

State Board of Education Members

1
2
3
4
John Witzel, President
5
Patricia Timm, Vice President
6
7
8
 
Matthew L. Blomstedt, Ph.D., Commissioner of Education

 

Patsy Koch Johns – District 1

441 Cottonwood Drive
Lincoln, NE 68510

(402) 416-3374

patsy.kochjohns@nebraska.gov

Elected to State Board of Education – 2016
District map

Patsy Koch-Johns

Patricia Koch Johns has been involved in education for over 40 years in Nebraska, as well as Arkansas, Georgia, and Missouri.  In 1972, she earned her degree in education from Kearney State College with an emphasis in theatre, English, and speech. She continued her education and earned a Masters Degree from the University of Arkansas with a degree in communications with an emphasis in theatre in 1974.  Koch Johns began her teaching career in Nebraska in 1976 at Cozad High School and remained there until she accepted a position at Lincoln High School in 2000.  In 2006, Koch Johns was named the Nebraska Teacher of the Year, and in 2012 she was honored with the Governor’s Excellence in Arts Education Award.

As a master teacher/leader, Koch Johns was an English department chairperson and created curriculum for 8th grade theatre and dramatic literature and established the new Lincoln Public Schools graduation requirements. She helped create, write, and evaluate state and national standards in fine arts. Koch Johns was also a lead writer for the original Nebraska Frameworks for the Visual and Performing Arts and served as an advisor for the creation of the NDE Language Arts Degree. She also directed the award-winning Poverty: Not a Choice with Nebraska Loves Public Schools. 

Koch Johns is the recipient of numerous teaching awards such as the Nebraska Speech Communication and Theatre Association’s John Thurber Distinguished Teacher Award, the Time Warner Award, the Alltel Outstanding Educator Award, and the National Federation of Interscholatic School Activities Speech/Theatre Educator Award, to name a few.

Koch Johns has held leadership positions in the Nebraska Speech Communication and Theatre Association, Nebraska Thespians, Nebraska School Activities Association, Central Nebraska Forensic League, Nebraskans for the Arts, Lincoln Education Association, Cozad Education Association, Nebraska State Education Association, and the Angels Theatre Company. She has also served on numerous boards including the National Federation of High School Activities, the University of Nebraska at Kearney Fine Arts Advisory Board, and the Lincoln Public Schools Foundation. Koch Johns holds an International Baccalaureate teaching certificate and has participated in educational workshops at the Kennedy Center, the Buffet Institute for Early Childhood Education, Open Sky, and the Wesleyan Inclusive Education Institute.

Patsy Koch Johns hopes to work with issues of poverty, the achievement gap, AQuESST (the new state assessment and evaluation process), and the implementation of the fine arts standards and early childhood education during her term as a Nebraska State Education Board member.

Her two adult children work in Nebraska public schools, and their children are strong products of the public educational system.  As a teacher, a mother, a grandmother, and now a Nebraska State Education Board member, Patricia Koch Johns hopes that her investments in education will benefit all families in Nebraska.

 

Lisa Fricke – District 2

13584 Margo Street
Omaha, NE 68138
lisa.fricke@nebraska.gov

Elected to State Board of Education – 2016
District map

Lisa Fricke
 

A teacher in Nebraska Public Schools for 36 years, Lisa Fricke has deep roots in Nebraska and District 2. Lisa graduated from Bellevue High School, and her father, U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Frank Allen, was active in the community and with veterans’ organizations. Because of her father’s dedicated service to our country, Fricke is a strong advocate for veterans.

Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Wayne State College and, as her five additional endorsements demonstrate, she is a believer in life-long learning. Lisa has taught English 6-12, Geography 7- 9, Speech 9-12, Drama 9-12, Reading 8, and Language Arts 8.

Lisa has served as a master teacher mentor for the Intergenerational Mentoring Program, has helped develop NeSA Assessments for Reading, Writing, and Special Education Math, and was a gubernatorial appointment to the Special Education Accountability Commission for three years.  She has also served on Several School Improvement External Visitation Teams.  A strong supporter of health education, Fricke is a member of the Nebraska’s Educator Health Alliance (EHA).

Fricke and her husband Dave have three children, Jason, Ryan, and Erica & Captain Stephen Velasquez who have Blessed Fricke with three precious grandchildren, Xander, Ari, Cohen.

 

Rachel Wise – District 3

1480 County Road J
Oakland, NE 68045

(402) 380-3031

rachel.wise@nebraska.gov

Elected to State Board of Education – 2016
District map

Rachel Wise

Dr. Wise resides on a farm east of Oakland, Nebraska, with her husband Gordon Nelson. She received her education in Nebraska public schools, including a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a Master’s Degree in Education and a Doctorate Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a retired educator with teaching and administrative experience in Nebraska school districts and an Educational Service Unit. Dr. Wise is an active member of her church, Rotary, Delta Kappa Gamma and serves as a TeamMates mentor.

 

 

John Witzel – President – District 4

905 Edgewood Boulevard
Papillion, NE 68046

(402) 597-1175

john.witzel@nebraska.gov

Elected to State Board of Education – 2016
Appointed to State Board of Education – 2014
District map

John Witzel

Growing up in the oil fields of California, East and West Texas, John Witzel graduated from Louisiana Tech University and served in the U.S. Air Force as a Navigator and served in various assignments to including as a volunteer in the Iranian Rescue Attempt in 1980. Appointed and served as the Director of the Strategic Air Command Airborne Command Post, Witzel retired as a Lt. Colonel after 22 years of service from Offutt AFB, NE.  Following the service, he served as an accountant at a national bank and was subsequently asked to return to the military as a defense contractor/consultant. Witzel served 14 years as a School Board Member with ESU3 and is a YMCA Board Member.

Education includes degrees from Louisiana Tech U., Ball State U., and Bellevue U.  He also earned a certificate from the Spanish Language Institute, Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Active member with the Nat’l School Board Association, Nebraska Association of School Boards, YMCA, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Bellevue U. Legacy Foundation, Offutt AFB Advisory Council, and the Nebraska Writer’s Guild.

A published author, Witzel wrote a book, “Saving Tres Rios,” about an Air Force Sergeant who retires and becomes a public school teacher.

 

Patricia Timm – Vice President – District 5

1020 North 21st Street
Beatrice, NE 68310

(402) 228-4054

patriciatimm04@gmail.com

Elected to State Board of Education – 2014
Appointed to State Board of Education – 2004

District map

Pat Timm

Born April 1, 1947 in Callaway, NE. Graduated from Kearney State College (B.A. Elementary Education), 1969. Married Steven B. Timm, August 10, 1969. Daughter: Shawn. 

Occupations: Former Kindergarten Teacher and K-12 Art Teacher, Education Coordinator for Centenary United Methodist Church, Retired Administrator of Beatrice Family Resource Center, August, 2008. Member and Past Chair Region V Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, Southeast Nebraska Early Childhood Professional Development Planning Team. Past Involvement in Habitat for Humanity Gage County, Beatrice Children’s Theatre Board, Community Players Board, Beatrice Chamber of Commerce and Beatrice Rotary (Paul Harris Fellow). 

Current member Centenary United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star, Personal Safety Awareness Committee, Gage County Kids and Car Seats and Policy Review Committee for Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center. Republican.

 

 

Maureen Nickels – District 6

1275 10th Road
Chapman, NE 68827
(308) 986-2462

maureen.nickels@nebraska.gov

Elected to State Board of Education – 2014
District map

Maureen Nickles

Maureen Nickels comes from a family of educators. She grew up on a farm near Anselmo, attended Anselmo-Merna Public Schools and earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education and her master’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She taught in upper elementary grades for the Grand Island Public Schools for 26 years.

Maureen is a past president of the UNK Alumni Association, served on the Board of Directors of the Hall County Clean Community System and is a member of the Alpha Phi Delta Xi Alumni Chapter. Maureen attends Blessed Sacrament Church in Grand Island and enjoys spending time with her daughter and son-in-law, Chelsa and Brian Schutter.

Honors: 1986 UNL Christa McAuliffe Nominee, Cooper Foundation Recipient, Recipient of 1998 ‘Wings Over the Platte’ Award.

 

Molly O’Holleran – District 7

1001 S. Deerwood Drive
North Platte, NE 69101

(308) 532-8783

molly.oholleran@nebraska.gov

Elected to State Board of Education – 2014
District map

Molly OHolleran

 Molly Higgins O’Holleran has a history of promoting education, health, and culture in her community, state and nation.  She graduated with High Distinction from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Molly’s educational honors included a Regents’ scholarship, membership on Mortar Board and Phi Beta Kappa. As a graduate from both the College of Arts and Sciences and Teachers College, she taught English for Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Nebraska; Kapaun Mount Carmel in Wichita, Kansas; and Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, Nebraska.

She holds a current Nebraska Educator’s Certificate/Permit.
In support of education, Molly currently represents Western Nebraska on the State Board of Education. The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) selected Molly to serve as chairman on the 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. Molly also served on the North Platte Public Schools Board of Education, North Platte Public Schools Foundation, the Nebraska Association of School Boards Legislative Committee, and the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education.

Molly promotes health education and supports health-related charitable endeavors. As past president of Nebraska Medical Association Alliance, she assists with programs that improve the health and quality of life for Nebraskans through education. While serving on Lincoln County Relay for Life as Advocacy Chair, she promoted health education and research to find a cure for cancer. On the State Board of Education, she promotes teaching students options for good health, nutrition, and exercise. Healthy people have reduced absenteeism and a better quality of life.

As a teacher of the arts, she has served the past 25 years for the Lincoln County Art Study League as a docent for the Sheldon Statewide Touring Exhibition. Molly serves as treasurer of the Humanities Nebraska. As a past board member of the Lincoln County Prairie Arts Council, she facilitated the purchase of the PAC to make arts education available to all interested citizens.

Decade honors include the following: In 2014, The North Platte Telegraph awarded Molly the Woman of Achievement in Government. Molly is the 2011 Beta Sigma Phi First Lady of North Platte.  On the national level, Molly was the 2011 AMPAC Belle Chenault Runner-up for Political Participation.

In 2010, the Nebraska Association of School Boards recognized her as a Level 7 leader. In 2008, Nebraska PTA Council acknowledged her as a Life Award Recipient. She received the “2008 Nebraska PTA Honorary State Award for Outstanding Service to Youth.” She also received the “2008 Nebraska American Cancer Society CAN Recruiter of the Year.” In 2007, The North Platte Telegraph awarded Molly the Woman of Achievement in Volunteerism. In 2006, she received the “Keith and Jeanette Bottrell Memorial Award for Excellence in Grassroots Advocacy” from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. 

Her husband Tim is a general surgeon. They have five children:  Colleen, Jack, Meghan, Brigid, and Danny who all attended North Platte Public Schools. After graduating from college, they have all entered various careers of service and marketing. North Platte has been Molly and Tim’s home for thirty-two years.

 

Patrick McPherson – District 8

4720 South 102 Circle
Omaha, NE 68127

(402) 706-1157

patrickjmcpherson@msn.com

Elected to State Board of Education – 2014
District map

Patrick McPherson

Graduated from Omaha Central High School and earned a degree at Creighton University.

Pat worked in the banking industry for more than twenty-five years with increased responsibilities ranging from that of a part-time teller of a local bank while in college to the position of President of Bank of Nebraska Omaha.   He served as Director of Department of Administrative Services for the City of Omaha from 1997-2001 where he managed five divisions of city government.    Worked with National Federation of Independent Business and served as Douglas County Election Commissioner.

Actively involved in many community and civic organizations over the years including: Greater Omaha Community Action, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency; American Institute of Banking, Nebraska Bankers Association; Explorer Scout Career Awareness; Project Family; Douglas County Foster Child Review Board, United Way, American Red Cross, and Downtown Omaha Kiwanis.  Pat was elected to the Papio Natural Resources District, now the Papio Missouri Natural Resources District.

More recently chaired the Nebraska Diabetes Association, served on Executive Committee of Community Health Charities of Nebraska and as a board member of Community Health Charities of America.     Pat has also served as a board member on Nebraska Comprehensive Insurance Program and as an appointed member of the Omaha Zoning Board of Appeals.    He is also an active member of Douglas County REACT.

 

Matthew L. Blomstedt, Ph.D. – Commissioner of Education

Nebraska Department of Education
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987

(402) 471-5020

matt.blomstedt@nebraska.gov

Dr. Blomstedt began serving as Nebraska Commissioner of Education on January 2, 2014

Matthew L. Blomstedt

Dr. Blomstedt previously served as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council. He previously served as the first full-time Executive Director of the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association, a research analyst for the Education Committee of the Nebraska Legislature and has worked in a variety of policy research roles over the past 16 years. During this time, Dr. Blomstedt worked closely with policy makers, school district officials, and numerous educational stakeholders across Nebraska. In 2001, he was appointed to the Nebraska School Finance Review Committee as a school finance expert and served in a number of other educational advisory capacities in state government and higher education. He also has experience and interest in state and local tax policy as well as state and local economic development.

Dr. Blomstedt is a native Nebraskan whose career has focused on local, regional and statewide education issues. Blomstedt’s experience includes education finance and organization, assessment and accountability, professional development, and the development of systems to enhance blended and distance learning opportunities across the state. He continues to lead efforts to build and maintain collaborative ventures among educational entities including school districts, educational service units, the Nebraska Department of Education, higher education, and other agencies.

Dr. Blomstedt earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science also from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 
 

 

Public Participation

According to State Board Policy B9, the published agenda of every regular meeting of the State Board shall contain an item identified as Public Comment Period. This period may be available to any person who wishes to address the State Board on any subject within its authority.

Each individual speaking to the Board will be required to complete a “Sign-in” card to identify him or herself. Persons speaking to the Board during Public Comment may hand out printed materials to the Board but may not use any other forms of media. Each person may address the Board for up to five minutes.

Any citizen or spokesperson for a group of citizens may request a 10 minute appearance before the State Board of Education at any regular meeting or work session of the Board except when the Board declares itself to be in executive session, and may address the Board, provided a request for such address has been made to the Commissioner of Education or Board members in writing at least three days in advance of the meeting in order to permit such appearance to be placed on the published agenda.

If at any time persons appearing before the Board exceed the time limitations set forth in this Policy or on the agenda or become abusive in language or behavior, it shall be the responsibility of the President to declare that person out of order and to refuse permission to continue to address the Board. Anyone refusing to be identified will be prohibited from speaking.

Background

The State Board of Education is an elected, constitutional body that sets policy and ensures that the State Department of Education functions effectively within the framework developed by the state Legislature and the board. By law, the board and the department have broad leadership functions to carry out certain regulatory and service activities.

Statewide oversight of education in Nebraska began in February 1869 when the Legislature created the office of the state superintendent of public instruction. The office was included in the constitution of 1875. In 1917, the Legislature decided to place the state superintendent on a non-partisan basis. In 1920, the constitution was changed to have the superintendent serve a four-year term beginning in 1923.

A 1952 constitutional amendment established a State Department of Education, which acts under the authority of the State Board of Education. The role of state superintendent of public instruction was transferred to the Board of Education or the commissioner of education effective in January 1955.

The 1967 Legislature divided the state into eight districts, and the membership of the State Board of Education was increased from six to eight members effective January 1969. The districts were realigned by the 2011 Legislature.

The board is elected on a non-partisan ballot, with one member from each district. Board members serve four-year terms. Board members are not paid, but are reimbursed for their expenses.

 

Meeting Dates

2018 STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING DATES:

*Please note, there will be no meeting on January 4, 2018.  The Board Meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018.
January 5, 2018  State Board Meeting

January 22, 2018 Legislative Retreat (if needed)

February 1, 2018 State Board Work Session
February 2, 2018 State Board Meeting

March 1, 2018 State Board Work Session
March 2, 2018 State Board Meeting

April 5, 2018 State Board Work Session
April 6, 2018 State Board Meeting

May 3, 2018 State Board Work Session
May 4, 2018 State Board Meeting

June 7, 2018 State Board Work Session
June 8, 2018 State Board Meeting

July 2018 – No Meeting

August 2, 2018 State Board Work Session
August 3, 2018 State Board Meeting

September 6, 2018 State Board Work Session
September 7, 2018 State Board Meeting

October 4, 2018 State Board Work Session
October 5, 2018 State Board Meeting

November 1, 2018 State Board Work Session
November 2, 2018 State Board Meeting

December 6, 2018 State Board Work Session
December 7, 2018 State Board Meeting

 

 

Meeting Minutes

The State Board maintains a permanent public record of the meeting in the Office of the Commissioner of Education, including these minutes, the original agenda and support materials, and copies of all materials distributed at the meeting.

Some documents may display blank pages. This is due to formatting and not by omission of any information.

Please contact Ryan Foor at (402) 471-5030 to request copies.

Minutes

January 5, 2018 Meeting – DRAFT
(PDF format) 

*Please note, there will be no meeting on January 4, 2018.  The Board Meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018.
January 5, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

January 22, 2018 State Board Legislative Retreat (if needed)

February 1, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
February 2, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.); State Board Legislative Retreat

March 1, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
March 2, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

April 5, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
April 6, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

May 3, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
May 4, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

June 7, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
June 8, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

August 2, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
August 3, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

September 6, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
September 7, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

October 4, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
October 5, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

November 1, 2018 Nebraska Teacher of the Year and Awards of Excellence Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. at the Nebraska State Education Association, 605 South 14th Street, 4th Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska
November 1, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
November 2, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

December 6, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
December 7, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

 

2017 State Board Minutes

State Board Agendas

Nebraska State Board of Education Meetings

The State Board maintains a permanent public record of the meeting in the Office of the Commissioner of Education, including meeting minutes, the original agenda and support materials, and copies of all materials distributed at the meeting.

Please contact Ryan Foor at (402) 471-5030 to request copies.

Meeting Notification, Agendas, and Support Materials

Location:

State Board Meeting Room
State Office Building, Sixth Floor
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987

Web Streaming:

Live streaming will be available through the State Board of Education website.

Agenda:

Except for emergency items added at the time of the meeting, the agenda will not be changed less than 24 hours prior to the start of the meeting and any changes will be immediately posted on the website.

 

The Board will attempt to adhere to the sequence of the published agenda, but reserves the right to adjust the order of items if necessary and may elect to take action on any of the items listed.

Interpreter:

If you need interpreter services or other reasonable accommodations, please contact the Nebraska Department of Education at (402) 471-5059 five (5) days prior to the meeting to coordinate arrangements.

Website:

An electronic version of the agenda and support materials are available on the State Board of Education’s Agenda page.

 

AGENDA:
FEBRUARY 1, 2018 STATE BOARD WORK SESSION (2:00 p.m.)
The Nebraska Department of Education, State Board Room,
301 Centennial Mall South, 6th Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska

AGENDA:
FEBRUARY 2, 2018 STATE BOARD MEETING (9:00 a.m.)
The Nebraska Department of Education, State Board Room,
301 Centennial Mall South, 6th Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska


*Please note, there will be no meeting on January 4, 2018.  The Board Meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018.
January 5, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

January 22, 2018 State Board Legislative Retreat (if needed)

February 1, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
February 2, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.); State Board Legislative Retreat

March 1, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
March 2, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

April 5, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
April 6, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

May 3, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
May 4, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

June 7, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
June 8, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

August 2, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
August 3, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

September 6, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
September 7, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

October 4, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
October 5, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

November 1, 2018 Nebraska Teacher of the Year and Awards of Excellence Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. at the Nebraska State Education Association, 605 South 14th Street, 4th Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska
November 1, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
November 2, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

December 6, 2018 Work Session (2:00 p.m.)
December 7, 2018 State Board Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

 
 

State Board of Education

Live Video Stream –
State Board of Education Work Session – February 1, 2018 (2:00 p.m.)
State Board of Education Board Meeting – February 2, 2018 (9:00 a.m.)

The State Board of Education is an elected, constitutional body that sets policy and ensures that the State Department of Education functions effectively within the framework developed by the state Legislature and the board. By law, the board and the department have broad leadership functions to carry out certain regulatory and service activities.

Statewide oversight of education in Nebraska began in February 1869 when the Legislature created the office of the state superintendent of public instruction. The office was included in the constitution of 1875. In 1917, the Legislature decided to place the state superintendent on a non-partisan basis. In 1920, the constitution was changed to have the superintendent serve a four-year term beginning in 1923.

A 1952 constitutional amendment established a State Department of Education, which acts under the authority of the State Board of Education. The role of state superintendent of public instruction was transferred to the Board of Education or the commissioner of education effective in January 1955.

The 1967 Legislature divided the state into eight districts, and the membership of the State Board of Education was increased from six to eight members effective January 1969. The districts were realigned by the 2011 Legislature.

The board is elected on a non-partisan ballot, with one member from each district. Board members serve four-year terms. Board members are not paid, but are reimbursed for their expenses.

Public Participation at State Board of Education Meetings

According to State Board Policy B12, the published agenda of every regular meeting of the State Board shall contain an item identified as Public Comment Period. This period may be available to any person who wishes to address the State Board on any subject within its authority.

Each individual speaking to the Board will be required to complete a “Sign-in” card to identify him or herself. Persons speaking to the Board during Public Comment may hand out printed materials to the Board but may not use any other forms of media. Each person may address the Board for up to five minutes.

Any citizen or spokesperson for a group of citizens may request a 10 minute appearance before the State Board of Education at any regular meeting or work session of the Board except when the Board declares itself to be in executive session, and may address the Board, provided a request for such address has been made to the Commissioner of Education or Board members in writing at least three days in advance of the meeting in order to permit such appearance to be placed on the published agenda.

If at any time persons appearing before the Board exceed the time limitations set forth in this Policy or on the agenda or become abusive in language or behavior, it shall be the responsibility of the President to declare that person out of order and to refuse permission to continue to address the Board. Anyone refusing to be identified will be prohibited from speaking.

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