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Education Committee

January 3rd, 2024

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.

Nebraska’s unique Unicameral Legislature relies heavily on the “second house” – the citizens of the State of Nebraska. Ensuring that members of the public have the opportunity to have their voices heard is vital to the legislative process. The link below explains the ways for citizens to share their views on a bill with the Legislature.

Public Input Options.

Date: Friday October 28th, 2022

Location: Room 1525

Time: 10:00 AM

LR354 McDonnell Interim study to examine the educational experiences and outcomes of youth in foster care. Invited testimony only.

Date: Friday September 30th, 2022

Location: Room 1525

Time: 1:00 PM

CCPE Comprehensive Statewide Plan Invited testimony only
LR373 Walz Interim study to examine the feasibility of developing a policy and implementing a statewide process for awarding college credit in specific programs of study across all public educational institutions for military education and training. Invited testimony only

The LR374 State and Local School Aid Committee will meet Monday, August 29th at 10:30 A.M. at the Nebraska Council of School Administrators building.

If you would like to submit written comments on AM1889 to LB838, please email your comments to Chairwoman Walz at by noon Monday February 21. These comments will be included in the official record of the hearing.

Date: Tuesday March 1st, 2022

Location: Room 1525

Time: 1:30 PM

LB1078 B. Hansen Prohibit possession of personal electronic devices by students in public school classrooms
LB711 Hughes  

Change provisions relating to the sale of educational land

LB1157 Linehan  

Require the State Department of Education to submit reports on federal funds

LR278CA Linehan  

Constitutional amendment to eliminate the State Board of Education and provide for the Governor to appoint the Commissioner of Education

LB1143 Linehan Require approval by the voters of a school district or educational service unit for the issuance of certain bonds under the Interlocal Cooperation Act

Date: Monday February 28nd, 2022

Location: Room 1525

Time: 1:30 PM

LB1034 Pahls Provide for designation of progress schools and progress plans and state intent to appropriate federal funds
LB1251 B. Hansen  

Adopt the Equal Opportunity Scholarship for Students with Special Needs Program Act and change provisions relating to the distribution of lottery funds

LB1179 Groene  

Adopt the Classroom Safety Intervention and Behavioral Awareness Training Act

LB912 Morfeld  

Provide for mental health first aid training for school districts and change provisions relating to the use of lottery funds

Date: Tuesday February 22nd, 2022

Location: Room 1525

Time: 1:30 PM

AM1889 / LB838 Kolterman Require the State Department of Education to create an aid program relating to the early childhood workforce
LB1027 Hunt  

Provide for grants to schools that discontinue use of American Indian mascots

LB852 Day  

Require behavioral health points of contact for school districts

LB1211 Linehan  

Change provisions relating to option enrollment for students

LB1212 Linehan  

Change provisions relating to individualized education plans under the Special Education Act

For the 20th year, Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante and the Omaha Storm Chasers will be sponsoring the “Why I Want to Go to College” writing sweepstakes, with entries due Monday, April 4, 2022.

Students are asked to reflect on the value of education and what they hope to achieve through higher education. Entries are limited to 750 words and should be sent to Jenna Kniss, Omaha Storm Chasers, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046.

Information about the writing sweepstakes is available on the Treasurer’s website at

Prizes will be awarded to 12 winners in seventh and eighth grades who will receive contributions to the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) college savings accounts – including $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. Three winners will be chosen from each of Nebraska’s three Congressional districts, and three winners will be chosen from outside Nebraska.

Each Nebraska winner will receive four tickets to the May 22 Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion where they will be recognized during a brief ceremony.

Date: Tuesday February 1st, 2022

Location: Room 1525

Time: 1:30 PM

Gubernatorial Appointment Confirmations:

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

Nicholas Baxter – Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission


LB1128 DeBoer Adopt the Student Loan Repayment Assistance for Teachers Act
LB945 Linehan Adopt the Teach in Nebraska Today Act, provide for student loan repayment assistance, and appropriate General Funds
LB1169 Linehan Require the State Department of Education to create a loan forgiveness grant program
Committee Members
  • Sen. Dave Murman, Chairperson
  • Sen. Jone Albrecht
  • Sen. Danielle Conrad
  • Sen. Lou Ann Linehan
  • Sen. Rita Sanders
  • Sen. Lynne Walz
  • Sen. Justin Wayne
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