State Board of Education

The State Board of Education will meet December 2 and 3, 2021, The Graduate, Scarlet Ballroom, 141 N. 9th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508.  Members of the public should enter from the main entrance of The Graduate.

A Business Meeting on Thursday, December 2 will begin at 2:00 pm.  The Board will hear public comment at the Friday, December 3 meeting; the December 3 meeting will begin at 9:00 am. 

Electronic agendas and support materials for the meetings are found here:

Access to the meeting will be made available to members of the public and members of the media at the meeting site and by live internet broadcast via the Nebraska Department of Education’s YouTube channel.  The meeting will be recorded and available after the meeting on the NDE YouTube channel.

Link to Live Internet Broadcast:

The Board will be taking public comment both in person and in writing.  In person public comment will take place at the Friday, December 3 meeting.  Members of the public may submit written public comment in lieu of live testimony.  Persons who wish to address the Board in person at the meeting should plan to arrive and sign-in with official NDE representatives before 9:00 am.

THE DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE DECEMBER BOARD MEETING HAS PASSED. Written Public Comment for the January 7, 2022 State Board Meeting will open on December 29, 2021. Please check back to this page for instructions on submitting written public comment at that time. 

Except for emergency items added at the times 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.

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.

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.

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Updated December 2, 2021 9:24am