Nebraska

The nation’s best-known civil rights group has jumped into the fray over a controversial Nebraska law that would divide the 45,000-student Omaha school system into three separate districts, largely along racial and ethnic lines.
May 24, 2006 – Education Week
Following the approval of legislation that would divide the city's public school system into racially and ethnically distinct districts, many Omaha community members and leaders last week expressed a mix of outrage, confusion, and disbelief.
April 26, 2006 – Education Week
Nebraska lawmakers last week approved a hotly debated bill to break up the Omaha Public Schools—largely along racial and ethnic lines—under a plan that critics say amounts to state-sanctioned segregation and that likely will face a legal challenge.
April 19, 2006 – Education Week
Gov. Dave Heineman gave modest attention to schools in his second State of the State Address, delivered on Jan. 12, making a $421 million tax-relief package the focus of his mid-biennium budget proposal for the 2006 and 2007 fiscal years.
January 18, 2006 – Education Week
A plan by the Omaha Public Schools to expand the district’s boundaries and annex schools and land within city limits from three neighboring suburban districts has triggered anger and controversy, straining relations among school officials and compelling the state governor to jump into the fray.
August 31, 2005 – Education Week
After two years of budget cuts, lawmakers in late May approved $683.5 million in state school aid for fiscal 2006, a 10.5 percent increase from fiscal 2005. Legislators voted to increase that aid again for 2007, to $734 million, or 7.4 percent over 2006.
August 10, 2005 – Education Week
State of the States: Education highlights from latest governor's address before the legislature.
February 16, 2005 – Education Week
Politics Page Recent debates over the future of hundreds of Nebraska’s smallest rural schools—not to mention the continuing tiffs over school finance—show that the state's unicameral, nonpartisan way of doing business can have its drawbacks.
May 5, 2004 – Education Week
Nebraska lawmakers are considering a bill that could force about half the state’s nearly 500 districts to merge with larger ones, closing many small schools along the way.
April 14, 2004 – Education Week
At the request of Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, a Nebraska judge has temporarily blocked an alternative high school aimed at Spanish-speaking immigrants from soliciting or enrolling any students in the state.
January 21, 2004 – Education Week

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