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Education

Poor Educational Outcomes for Nebraska’s State Wards

  The start of a new school year always seems to bring with it a sense of opportunity and excitement. You probably remember being a kid and getting your class list, buying new school supplies, looking forward to time with friends from last year, wondering what your new teachers would…...

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Mind the gap in educational achievement

  All students should have the opportunity for academic success, but long-standing inequities in the educational system—like racial segregation and unequal school resources and academic opportunities—lead to greater challenges for students of color. Our latest infographic takes a look at where those gaps in academic achievement:...

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25 for 25: Child Care Subsidies

We are commemorating our 25th Anniversary with 25 posts about our history and accomplishments between now and the Spotlight Gala on September 15.  Join us for a celebration of Voices for Children and all of the organizations, lawmakers, and individuals who have supported our work on behalf of children.  For…...

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KIDS COUNT: How to reverse the bad trends, boost the good

For the 18% of Nebraska kids in poverty, and for the 24% of kids whose parents don’t have secure employment, each day is governed by difficult choices that must be made on their behalf. New shoes for growing feet, or nutritious meals on the dinner table? A trip to the…...

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25 for 25: School Breakfast

We are commemorating our 25th Anniversary with 25 posts about our history and accomplishments between now and the Spotlight Gala on September 15.  Join us for a celebration of Voices for Children and all of the organizations, lawmakers, and individuals who have supported our work on behalf of children.  For…...

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2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Each year, the KIDS COUNT Data Book presents an update on how the nation’s kids are faring, state-by-state, in a cross-section of topics. For the past few years in Nebraska, we’ve grown used to a national ranking of 9th overall – and this year we keep that position. Great news,…...

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Why Health Matters to Education

  Earlier this week, Governor Heineman vetoed a bill to provide grants to help with the start-up costs of new school-based health centers.  School-based health centers are just what the name implies: a health center housed within a school. It’s a concept that takes the idea of a school nurse and expands it to…...

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Facts about mandatory school attendance through age 18

All students should have the opportunity to access a quality education and earn a high school diploma. Many states have raised the minimum age at which students may drop out of high school. While a well-meaning policy, the research is inconclusive whether mandatory attendance actually increases the graduation rate. Attendance does…...

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Support for LB 933 – Improving response to truancy

February 13, 2012 To: Members of the Judiciary Committee From: Sarah Forrest, Policy Coordinator – Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Re: Support for LB 933 – Improving Responses to Excessive Absenteeism...

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Neutral Testimony on LB 996 – Eliminating the option to “drop out” of school

January 30, 2012 To: Members of the Education Committee From: Sarah Forrest, Policy Coordinator – Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Re: Neutral Testimony on LB 996 – Eliminating the Option to “Drop Out”...

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