School choice measures on tap in Nebraska legislature
John Bicknell | January 19, 2017
Add Nebraska to the growing list of states in which legislatures will be considering expanding school choice and charter options in 2017. “Measures introduced Wednesday in the state Legislature would create a new accountability system for Nebraska’s public schools, then allow for private-school vouchers or charter options for students in lower-rated schools,” the Lincoln Journal-Star […]
Nebraska school choice backers are cautiously optimistic
John Bicknell | December 19, 2016
This year’s state legislative elections might have created a window of opportunity for Nebraska’s school choice advocates, who are guarded in their optimism about the 2017 legislative session. Katie Linehan, executive director of Educate Nebraska, says she is “optimistic” about seeing “something happen.” But others, including Tom Venzor, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, would […]
Nebraska untangles excessive licensing laws for hair braiding
Nebraska untangles excessive licensing laws for hair braiding
Eric Boehm | March 09, 2016
Hair braiding in Nebraska will no longer require a cosmetology license, if Gov. Pete Ricketts signs a bill passed by the state legislature last week.
Nebraska parents rally for greater input
Amelia Hamilton | February 26, 2016
Parents in Nebraska have banded together in a group, Our Children Our School, to advocate on behalf of children who struggle in traditional learning environments and face the prospect that they may not graduate. These parents want more input in the education their children receive. “I feel it’s important for us to unify the voice of […]
Left out in the cold, Nebraska parents rally for school choice
Amelia Hamilton | February 02, 2016
Hundreds gathered on a chilly day at Nebraska’s state Capitol last week to demand more public school options. Nebraska is one of only seven states with no charter schools, no voucher programs and no other taxpayer funded alternative to the public school system. The rally was part of National School Choice Week. View the story and video at Reason.com.    
Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 4
Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 4
Deena Winter | January 01, 2016
If only he would put his considerable skills to use helping his constituents, then he truly might be worthy of Politico’s honor. Until then, we have another title for him: Scary.
Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 18
Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 18
Deena Winter | December 29, 2015
Friends of this rural Nebraska county assessor had the benefit of a tax break, a state investigation found.
Have yourself a microaggression Christmas
Have yourself a microaggression Christmas
M.D. Kittle | December 23, 2015
Expect a #NaughtyLIvesMatter protest at the North Pole demanding that all of the naughty kids get presents, too.
Deaths among disabled increase as spending soars
Deaths among disabled increase as spending soars
Deena Winter | December 02, 2015
Spending on community programs for the developmentally disabled has soared in the past decade, but state oversight of group homes' financial data is scant.
Spending on group homes explodes as state moves people out of institutions
Spending on group homes explodes as state moves people out of institutions
Deena Winter | December 01, 2015
Spending on community programs such as group homes has exploded in the past decade as Nebraska moved developmentally disabled people out of institutions and into the light. But state oversight of these operations is scant.