State Board Agendas

Meeting Notification, Agendas, and Support Materials

The January 7, 2021  Annual Orientation of the Nebraska State Board of Education will be held, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-36, by a combination of in-person, videoconferencing, and teleconferencing on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Nebraska Department of Education, State Board Room, 301 Centennial Mall South, 6th Floor, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987. Six-foot social distancing will be practiced and masks are strongly recommended. The Department of Education is in consultation with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department to develop a plan for the meeting.  The Annual Orientation will not be broadcast.

The January 8, 2021 meeting of the Nebraska State Board of Education will be held, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-36, by a combination of in-person, videoconferencing, and teleconferencing on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at the Nebraska Department of Education, State Board Room, 301 Centennial Mall South, 6th Floor, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987. Six-foot social distancing will be practiced and masks are strongly recommended. The Department of Education is in consultation with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department to develop a plan for the meeting.

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

Attorney General Guidance on Executive Order.

Link to Live Internet Broadcast:  https://www.education.ne.gov/live-video-stream/

The Board will be taking public comment both in-person and in writing.  Persons who wish to address the Board in written public comment must submit it to Ryan Foor by 12:00 p.m. on January 7, 2021 by emailing ryan.foor@nebraska.gov or by U.S. Mail to: State Board of Education, Nebraska Department of Education, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987.

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.

An electronic version of the agenda and support materials are available on the State Board of Education’s Agenda webpage:  https://www.education.ne.gov/stateboard/agendas/

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.

Open Meetings Act

AGENDA:

JANUARY 7, 2021 STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ANNUAL ORIENTATION (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
*Please note, the Annual Orientation will not be broadcast

JANUARY 8, 2021 STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING (9:00 a.m.)

The January 7, 2021  Annual Orientation of the Nebraska State Board of Education will be held, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-36, by a combination of in-person, videoconferencing, and teleconferencing on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Nebraska Department of Education, State Board Room, 301 Centennial Mall South, 6th Floor, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987. Six-foot social distancing will be practiced and masks are strongly recommended. The Department of Education is in consultation with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department to develop a plan for the meeting.  The Annual Orientation will not be broadcast.

The January 8, 2021 meeting of the Nebraska State Board of Education will be held, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-36, by a combination of in-person, videoconferencing, and teleconferencing on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at the Nebraska Department of Education, State Board Room, 301 Centennial Mall South, 6th Floor, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987. Six-foot social distancing will be practiced and masks are strongly recommended. The Department of Education is in consultation with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department to develop a plan for the meeting.

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

Attorney General Guidance on Executive Order.

Link to Live Internet Broadcast:  https://www.education.ne.gov/live-video-stream/

The Board will be taking public comment both in-person and in writing.  Persons who wish to address the Board in written public comment must submit it to Ryan Foor by 12:00 p.m. on January 7, 2021 by emailing ryan.foor@nebraska.gov or by U.S. Mail to: State Board of Education, Nebraska Department of Education, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987.

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.

January 7, 2021 State Board Annual Orientation (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
*Please note, the Annual Orientation will not be broadcast
January 8, 2021 State Board Business Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

February 4, 2021 Work Session as needed (10:00 a.m.)
February 5, 2021 State Board Business Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

March 4, 2021 Work Session as needed (10:00 a.m.)
March 5, 2021 State Board Business Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

April 1, 2021 Work Session as needed (10:00 a.m.)
April 2, 2021 State Board Business Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

May 6, 2021 Work Session as needed (10:00 a.m.)
May 7, 2021 State Board Business Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

June 3, 2021 Work Session as needed (10:00 a.m.)
June 4, 2021 State Board Business Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

July 2021 No State Board Work Session or Business Meetings

August 5, 2021 Work Session as needed (10:00 a.m.)
August 6, 2021 State Board Special Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

September 2, 2021 Work Session as needed (10:00 a.m.)
September 3, 2021 State Board Business Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

October 7, 2021 Work Session as needed (10:00 a.m.)
October 8, 2021 State Board Business Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

November 4, 2021
2022 Nebraska Teacher of the Year Awards of Excellence Awards Luncheon (11:00 a.m.)

November 4, 2021 Work Session as needed
November 5, 2021 State Board Business Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

December 2, 2021 Work Session as needed (10:00 a.m.)
December 3, 2021 State Board Business Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

2020 State Board Agendas

Updated January 5, 2021 2:25pm