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Education Committee

Welcome
August 20th, 2021

The Education Committee is responsible for processing legislation involving the following subject areas:

  • School districts; organization; powers; transportation; teachers; employees
  • Public, private, and parochial schools; programs; special education; gifted; student assessment; early childhood education; nutrition
  • Postsecondary education; state colleges and universities; community colleges; vocational schools
  • State aid; TEEOSA; school lands and funds
  • State Board of Education; Department of Education; educational service units; learning communities; NETC; Nebraska Public Media
  • Board of Educational Lands and Funds; Board of Trustees of Nebraska State Colleges; Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education; Technical Advisory Committee for Statewide Assessment

During session, the Education Committee meets on Mondays and Tuesdays in Room 1525 on the 1st Floor of the Capitol.

The winter severe weather season is quickly approaching and it’s time for a new Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness/Preparedness Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest. The contest is sponsored by Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of the PSA contest is to receive a variety of multimedia products from middle school students that promote preparedness, storm readiness, tornado safety, fire safety or other emergency topics.

The PSA contest is open to all seventh and eighth grade media classes in public and private schools and combined home school students. The infograms, short videos (3-5 minutes) and PSAs (30 sec. to 1 min.) should be on anything regarding preparedness including, home fire safety, home disaster preparedness (kits, plans, drills), safety tips for severe weather (tornadoes, severe winter weather, lightning, flooding)

The winning class infogram will receive $100, the winning class PSA will receive $250, and the winning class short video will receive $500. The prizes will be awarded to the teacher for use in the classroom.

Contest rules are as follows:

  1. The contest is open to all middle school (seventh and eighth) media classes in public and private schools along with combined home school students in Nebraska. Please one entry per category per school.
  2. Entries must be related to the theme of severe weather safety/preparedness and will be judged on originality, effort and accuracy. Entries may be a 30-60 sec. video PSA; a 2-5 minute Instructional video or digital image ensemble, Facebook cover image, educational infographic, etc.
  3. Each school is encouraged to conduct the contest. All submittals are to be made electronically to knoxema@knoxcountyne.org by November 19, 2021 by a link to either YouTube or Vimeo.  All submittals become the property of NAEM upon submittal.
  4. Each entry MUST INCLUDE the following information:

Teacher’s name: _____________________________  

School: ___________________________________      School address: _____________________________                                                 

Nebraska County where school is located: ____________________________________________________

School Phone Number:____________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                       

  1. All winners will be contacted by phone by December 20, 2021.
  2. Any questions regarding the 2021 Severe Weather PSA should be directed to the local Emergency Management Director/Coordinator or to Laura Hintz (402) 288-5613, email knoxema@knoxcountyne.org  

Contest rules and other information can also be obtained at the Nebraska Association of Emergency Management website at www.naem.us. Judging will be done in December by representatives of the contest’s sponsors:  Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, National Weather Service and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

Autism Speaks Public Service Award
September 17th, 2021

Thank you so much to Autism Speaks for the Public Service Award, it’s an honor! It’s so important that we continue this work in the legislature and continue putting the pieces together for those affected by autism!

Date: Tuesday October 05, 2021

Location: Room 1524

Time: 1:30 PM

Invited Testimony Only

LR213 Day Interim study to examine the mental and behavioral health needs of Nebraska students and the role of school psychologists
LR149 Day Interim study to examine the potential for statewide early childhood autism spectrum disorder screening

 

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Date: Friday October 01, 2021

Location: Room 1525

Time: 1:30 PM

Invited Testimony Only

LR180 Walz Interim study to examine the identification of at-risk and economically disadvantaged students as a qualification factor for state-funded, education-related programs
LR182 Walz Interim study to examine the school enrollment options available to students

 

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Date: Thursday 16, 2021

Location: Room 1525

Time: 1:30 PM

Invited Testimony Only

LR157 Pansing Brooks Interim study to examine how Nebraska schools can recruit teachers and administrators who accurately reflect the proportion of students of color attending Nebraska schools

 

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

Date: Tuesday September 14, 2021

Location: Room 1525

Time: 1:30 PM

Gubernatorial Appointment Confirmations

Darrin Scott Good, Ph.D. –  Nebraska Education Telecommunications Commission

James D. Scheer – Board of Educational Lands and Funds

Linda Poole – Technical Advisory Committee for Statewide Assessment

Jeffrey M. Nellhaus, Ed.M. – Technical Advisory Committee for Statewide Assessment

Christy Hovanetz, Ph.D. – Technical Advisory Committee for Statewide Assessment

 

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input. For details, go to https://nebraskalegislature.gov/committees/public-input.php

It was fantastic to hear from teachers and constituents of Districts 11 and 13 last week! Being able to work together with educators, parents, and community members to find the best solutions for our kids is so important. Senator McKinney, Senator Wayne, and I look forward to continuing conversations about educating students and supporting our education system in Nebraska! Thank you to everyone who came out!

The LR141 School Finance Review Committee has begun its work.

T​he meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 7 at 2 P.M. at NCSA
  • Wednesday, July 28 at 2 P.M at ESU 10
  • Wednesday, August 25 at 9:30 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. at Nebraska Farm Bureau
  • Monday, November 15 at 10:30 A.M. at the State Bar Association
Committee Members
  • Sen. Lynne Walz, Chairperson
  • Sen. Jen Day
  • Sen. Lou Ann Linehan
  • Sen. Terrell McKinney
  • Sen. Adam Morfeld
  • Sen. Dave Murman
  • Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks
  • Sen. Rita Sanders
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