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Education

Ending Nebraska’s School to Prison Pipeline

Most of us agree that access to quality education is one of the most important things we can do to ensure the well-being of Nebraska’s children and our state as a whole. Opportunities to learn and build skills are an essential part of preparing youth for healthy, productive adulthoods. Too…...

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Will Nebraska Move Forward on Hunger-Free Schools?

Earlier this year, we mentioned Community Eligibility as a new option for providing school meals in a way that makes high-poverty schools hunger-free zones.  Ensuring that children aren’t hungry in school can help them be better prepared for their primary job of learning.  Community Eligibility allows eligible schools to serve…...

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Hope in Concrete Form: The Promise of College Savings

Researcher Micheal Sherraden has an often quoted saying that:  “assets are hope in concrete form.”  Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a national conference on the emerging and growing field of children’s savings accounts where this concept came to life as policymakers and practitioners shared stories of how educational…...

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The high school dropout epidemic: Inequities in Nebraska

A new report released this week found that the nationwide high school graduation rate was at an all-time high in 2012, where 81% of students who entered high school for the first time graduated within 3 or 4 years. The report notes that significant progress has been made in recent…...

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Nebraska’s School to Prison Pipeline

The release of the new Race for Results report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has prompted a lot of conversation about race, opportunity, and the systemic barriers that prevent all of our kids from having the same chance at a bright future. A new report released by the federal…...

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Race for Results Series: African-American Children in Nebraska

Last week the Annie E. Casey Foundation published the Race for Results: building a path to opportunity for all children report. This report explores the intersection of kids, race, and opportunity and features the new Race for Results. This index is based on 12 indicators measuring children’s success and allows…...

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National School Breakfast Week

This week is National School Breakfast Week, and this year’s theme is “Take Time for School Breakfast.” For many students, there isn’t always time for breakfast—we’ve recently highlighted how our state can better ensure that schoolchildren reap the many benefits that a nutritious breakfast has to offer, starting with alternative models of…...

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School Breakfast – Nebraska Availability

Yesterday’s post told us that Nebraska is ranked 49 out of 51 in the US for school breakfast participation. We know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but despite this, Nebraska continues to fall short in ensuring that all children – especially the 40% of Nebraska students…...

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Leveraging The School Breakfast Program

Nationally, Nebraska is falling behind almost every other state in leveraging the school breakfast program to help students succeed.  Nebraska was most recently ranked 49 out of 51 on the number of free and reduced price-eligible students participating in the school breakfast program.  Only 39 of every 100 eligible students participating…...

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Reading at grade-level

  We know that grade-level reading is critical to student success and students who are unsuccessful in making the transition from learning to read to reading to learn are likely to continue to experience challenges throughout their school years and beyond. In 2012, only 36% of Nebraska 4th graders and…...

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