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Education Committee

Date: Tuesday January 18, 2022

Location: Room 1525

Time: 1:30 PM

LB754 Bostar  Extend the commercial air filter pilot program of the State Department of Education
LB758 Brandt Change provisions relating to the Nebraska Farm-to-School Program Act
LB838 Kolterman Require the State Department of Education to create an aid program relating to the early childhood workforce

The springtime severe weather season is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for the annual 2022 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest. The contest, sponsored by Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service the Nebraska National Guard and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, is part of the annual Severe Weather Awareness Week effort produced by Emergency Management Directors/Coordinators across Nebraska.

This year, the poster contest is open to all third-grade students in Nebraska public and private schools as well as home-schooled third students. Teachers are encouraged to have students participate while teaching them about hazards of severe weather in Nebraska. While not specifically designed to promote tornado awareness, tornadoes are the most common theme chosen for posters. Lightning and flooding, which are also products of severe thunderstorms, are also good topic choices.

The first-place winner in the state contest wins a $125 gift card. The second-place winner receives a $100 gift card and the third-place winner receives a $75 gift card. The Nebraska Association of Emergency Management provides the first, second and third place gift card awards. The fourth-place poster winner receives a $50 gift card sponsored by the National Weather Service.

Contest rules are as follows:

  1. Poster artists must be a third pupil in any Nebraska private, public or home school.
  2. Entries must be related to the theme of severe weather safety and will be judged on originality, effort and accuracy. The posters should have a clear preparedness/weather safety message included. The slogan is as important as the art. All entries must be on an 11″ x 17″ sheet of white paper providing a 1-inch border to allow for matting the winning posters. Any medium may be used (crayon, paint, markers, etc.). Only one entry is allowed per pupil and no joint entries (posters by more than one person) will be accepted.
  3. Each school is encouraged to conduct the contest. All entries must be received by the local Emergency Management Director/Coordinator on or before Feb. 11, 2022. A list of EM Directors/Coordinators can be found at www.naem.us or www.nema.ne.gov. Remember to allow enough time for mailed items to get where they need to be.
  4. Each entry MUST INCLUDE the following information on the back side of the poster:

Student name: _____________________________      Age: ______________________________________                           

Home address: _____________________________      Home Phone: _______________________________

School: ___________________________________      School address: _____________________________                                                 

Nebraska County where school is located: ______________________________________________________    

  1. Teachers are encouraged to contact the local emergency management director to assist in the selection of the “top three” entries from their school. If the local director is unavailable or unknown, please contact Laura Hintz, Poster Contest Chairman, (402) 288-5613.
  2. First, second, third and fourth place winners will be chosen. All winners will be notified by telephone or mail. The four winners and their parents will be invited to the State Capitol in March for the presentation of their awards from NAEM and NWS and be recognized by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.
  3. Any questions regarding the 2022 Severe Weather Poster Contest should be directed to the local Emergency Management Director/Coordinator or to Laura Hintz at (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 or at the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency website at nema.nebraska.gov. Poster judging will be done by representatives of the contest’s sponsors:  Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, National Weather Service, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and Nebraska National Guard.

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

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.

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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