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A Look back at the 105th Legislature, 2nd Session 


While the session is over, we always say the Legislative process is year-round.  Throughout the course of this 60-day session that ended April 18, NASB kept you informed on pertinent information regarding key bills and topics important to your schools, public education, advocacy, and local school governance through Legislative Notes, as well as on the Government Relations and Legislative Bills sections. Look for continued updates on twitter as well, and also through the monthly Board Notes and Board Quicks. We highly encourage you to create an agenda item at your board meetings and utilize the content within NASB’s Legislative communication surrounding this key information. We also encourage you to communicate back to us on items, bills or suggestions you’d like covered and affect your district or community.

The 106th Legislature, 1st Session will begin January 9, 2019!  Stay tuned ... 
 

Thank You School Boards! - Videos 


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Over the past few years, NASB has worked with students, educators, alumni, and more all across Nebraska to show just who, and what is public education in Nebraska and what it can create.  These videos highlight the fantastic learning experiences happening every day in Nebraska’s public schools.  Nebraska has amongst the best teachers, administrators, and school board members in the nation leading our youth, and these videos are a great opportunity to share those successes. 

Students across Nebraska from kindergarten to 12th grade are featured throughout, as well as education leaders like Commissioner of Education, Dr. Matt Blomstedt, school board members, superintendents, teachers, and more.  Cameos from famous alumni proudly stating that they are products of public education in Nebraska include U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, Tom Osborne, U.S. retired Astronaut Clayton Anderson, and University of Nebraska Regent Tim Clare, to just name a few. Special thanks goes out to the following sponsors who helped make this video happen: ALICAP, Ameritas, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Boyd Jones, Carlson West Povondra, Creative Sites, Crouch Recreation, DLR Group, FES/SOCS, OneSource, Sparq Data Solutions, and Trane. 

These videos are intended to be viewed and shared throughout Nebraska’s districts and communities, with students, parents, teachers, alumni, key stakeholders, and more, and can be accessed at:  https://vimeo.com/nasbonline
 

 

Welcome! 


 
 
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NASB is a private, nonprofit organization that serves the needs of Nebraska’s public schools.  Since 1918, NASB has been committed to serving school boards across the state.  Our mission to enhance public education for the children of Nebraska is assembled upon the beliefs that:
 
  • Every public school board will govern effectively and with integrity.
  • Every public school board member will understand the importance, and emphasize increased student achievement.
  • Every public school board will practice good stewardship of resources
 

In support of the stated beliefs, NASB provides advocacy, consultation, board development, and training, as well as, district support-service programs for our 262 member school districts and educational service units across the state of Nebraska.  The programs are managed by a professional staff, and governance oversight is carried out by a statewide Board of Directors consisting of 24 school board members elected by their peers.

To find out more about NASB
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Did You Know? 

 
The NASB staff has attended or had children attend school in over 20 Nebraska districts including Auburn Public Schools; Bellevue Public Schools; Centennial Public Schools; Clarkson Public Schools; Crete Public Schools; Freeman Public Schools; Fremont Public Schools; Kenesaw Public Schools; Lexington Pubic Schools; Lincoln Public Schools; Norris School District 160; North Bend Central Public Schools; O’Neill Public Schools; Ord Public Schools; Palmyra Bennet/Otoe Co. Dist. OR1; Raymond Central Schools; Scribner-Snyder Community Schools; Seward Public Schools; Sterling Public Schools; Waverly-School District 145; Westside Community Schools; Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools; and York Public Schools.
 
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AxisPlus Benefits now available for your District/ESU


Axis Plus Logo 2x.5.pngAs an ongoing effort to provide NASB members with cost-saving benefits, we have partnered with AxisPlus Benefits to allow school districts/ESUs the opportunity to consider a new Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HSA) for your employees. Learn more ...


 

School Board Recognition Week


The week of January 27 to February 2, 2019 will serve as School Board Recognition Week in Nebraska. Thanks to the 1,724 volunteers who make up the Board of Education for Nebraska's Public Schools and ESUs.  

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Every Student Succeeds Act Signed Into Law

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The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law by President Obama. ESSA is the bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, and restores local control of education. The bill ends waivers, the common core mandate, and the federal test-based accountability system. It repeals the adequate yearly progress (AYP) federal accountability system and replaces it with a state-designed accountability system.

 

“Once again, the Senate has passed significant, bipartisan legislation showing we can come together and get major things done for the American people. Through this bill, control over education decisions will return to parents, teachers, and local school districts who are best equipped to ensure future generations will have the skills they need to succeed. Importantly, the final bill also eliminates the flawed common core mandate. I was also proud to see my local governance amendment incorporated into the final agreement, which will empower local communities, not bureaucrats in Washington, to make the education decisions they see fit for their students.”  
- U.S. 
Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Former President of NASB, whose bipartisan local governance amendment was included in the conference agreement.

“Representing both a rural district in western Nebraska, as well as the state as a whole, I am 
pleased to see this bill be signed into law and give local control back to schools. Senator Fischer’s experience as a school board member serves her well in representing the educational interests of all Nebraska children. Now it is up to us to continue this momentum and implement the processes and procedures for continued excellence and improvement across all districts.”
- Jon Anderjaska, NASB President, Wauneta-Palisade Board of Education

“NSBA applauds lawmakers for restoring local governance and working with our public 
education stakeholders to end the prescriptive requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act – strengthening the ability of states and local school board members to act in the best interests of students, parents, and local communities.”
- Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association

“I am pleased to see that the United States Senate has taken action to approve the Every 
Student Succeeds Act. I am appreciative of the work by Senator Fischer in making this happen so that Nebraska can continue our work on Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT) and tailor interventions to address unique local needs of our Nebraska schools so that we can serve every student, every day.”
- Matthew Blomstedt, Nebraska Commissioner of Education

Featured Student Artists Across Nebraska


In the hallways of NASB you will see featured art from students across Nebraska.  The latest “expo” received is from Dorchester Public Schools and art teacher Stacy Lutjemeyer.   To have your students participate in this program, please contact Lisa Steinkuhler at 800-422-4572 or email lsteinkuhler@NASBonline.org

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Left to right (top) 
Brianna - Grade 10; Haley - Grade 6; Haley - Grade 8; Jeremy - Grade 12;
(bottom) Abbey - Grade 9; Addison - Grade 6; Jacee - Grade 9
  
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Featured Events


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9th Annual Nebraska Children’s Health & Education Summit
December 11  |  Omaha


-  MARK YOUR 2019 CALENDAR  -

Legislative Issues Conference
January 27-28  |  Lincoln

School Board Member Week
January 27 to February 2

106th Legislature, 1st Session
Begins Wednesday, January 9

Spring Legal Workshops
February 5  |  Gering 
February 6  | North Platte
February 7  |  La Vista

Budget & Finance Workshops
February 13  |  La Vista
February 20  |  North Platte

President’s Retreat
February 17-18  |  Kearney
February 24-25  |  Lincoln


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