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Betsy DeVos Starts Day at Omaha's Nelson Mandela, Then Visits St. Mary's Catholic School in Lincoln

Business  (tags: Betsy DeVos, US Education Sec., Omaha, Nebraska, public schools, charter schools )

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"We don't think taking money away from public schools is the right decision and are adamant that public school systems need those dollars to educate all students, said the Mandela principal." Nebraska does not allow charter schools.


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Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday September 15, 2017, 12:24 am
Shared news article over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Animae C (509)
Friday September 15, 2017, 5:09 am

TY Judy

JL A (281)
Friday September 15, 2017, 4:26 pm
Apparently she is being met with those opposed to her policies everywhere she is scheduled to appear. Thanks Judy

Judy C (91)
Saturday September 16, 2017, 1:24 am
Charter schools haven't panned out very well wherever they have had them, not surprisingly. I'm glad people aren't buying it!

S J (124)
Sunday September 17, 2017, 5:12 am
Did she say that? I will take it to the a/c and keep the eye on her. Meows Judy

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Sunday September 17, 2017, 8:31 am
Noted, Thanks

Dianna M (16)
Sunday September 17, 2017, 1:57 pm
"Several students said they were conflicted about DeVos’ visit. Some made “I ♥ Public Schools” T-shirts.

“This was the politest protest we could think of,” senior William Guthrie said."

Wow, I'm actually proud of these students. Although I'm even prouder of the ones with the signs, "Betsey DeVos Is A Rape Apologist"--because she is.

Fran F (116)
Sunday September 17, 2017, 11:40 pm
Nebraska has made the right decision to ban charter schools, as all states should. Charter schools drain the financial resources required for public education, but then that's the intention.

Judy C (91)
Monday September 18, 2017, 12:53 am
You're right, Dianna and F..

Roberto MARINI (88)
Monday September 18, 2017, 8:17 am
thank you JUDY

Ian Crory (31)
Monday September 18, 2017, 12:01 pm
TY :)

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday September 19, 2017, 12:04 am
Thank you

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday September 19, 2017, 7:10 am
:-( Pond scum comes to mind.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday September 21, 2017, 3:54 am
I'm glad Nebraska has banned charter schools wish we would do so here in Florida but we don't stand a chance at the moment with the Tea Bag Gov. Climate Denier Rick Scott. What a waste of taxpayer money these schools are.

They claim they are choosing fairly the students that go there but they do not, they pick the cream of the crop to make them look successful, their so called lottery is fixed as they receive the grades of students who applied and only the high grade students are selected and a few "taken" children with some lower grades just to make it "look" fair. We've received that information from the "inside" so it isn't a rumor.

Also the funds that are suppose to go to the Charter School helped to build a "private" business gymnastic program. What a racket, using the taxpayers money to purchase equipment for the private non school that is being run by the same person in charge of the Charter School.

There was another Charter School in Florida who mismanaged the taxpayers money, or more like dipped in too deep for their "own personal" expenses and could no longer afford to pay the rent on the building. In the morning the students got dropped off but there was no school there, so the teachers walked them to a park each day. Seems no one in charge reported this to the State and it was parents that caught on from their children what was taking place so reported it.

Peggy B (43)
Thursday September 21, 2017, 9:07 am

Judy C (91)
Thursday September 21, 2017, 7:04 pm
I've read plenty of horror stories about the failures of these charter schools, Dandelion, but that one about taking the children to the park when the school is gone just might top them all. Thanks for sharing about your state.

I find it kind of surprising that Nebraska hasn't jumped on the charter school bandwagon. After all, we are traditionally a Republican state, with a Republican governor.

I've been trying to figure out why Nebraska hasn't supported charter schools. I know the city I live in, Omaha, has the largest school district in the state. We've already done quite a bit here to address the issue of access to quality education. We have one school district, called District 66, the Westside schools, that was actually created in the 60s to bypass mandatory busing. There are several elementary schools in the district, but only one middle school and one high school. This district was in the wealthiest white suburb, so there was no racial imbalance and thus, no busing necessary. This district has won many awards for being outstanding over the years, and although there are a lot of minority children in the schools now, it didn't start out that way. Because our schools are supported by property taxes, this has been an elite district with ample funds to work with. Of course this trick was a negative, underhanded thing at the time. However, now, our city has expanded a great deal. There are more suburban schools, and Omaha has annexed the suburbs, much farther out than Dstrict 66. In the 90s, there was a lot of challenge to the extreme disparity of the schools in the older versus newer parts of the city. Omaha dealt with this problem by instituting school choice, and designated some of the older, poorly performing high schools as "magnet schools", specializing in various disciplines such as computer science, the arts, etc. they allocated funding and hired teachers to make these programs very attractive and competitive. Those schools began to attract students from all parts of the city. For the first time, students in the poorer parts of the city had a chance to ride buses to suburban schools if they chose to go to them. Students in the wealthier parts of town have been drawn to the excellent programs in the schools in poorer neighborhoods. The system has worked rather well, so I think that may have a lot to do with why Omaha voters don't see any point in bothering with experimenting with charter school in here. A student can choose any school they want to attend during a certain time frame each year.

I'm not sure what the thinking was in Lincoln, Nebraska's only other metropolitan city. I have read that in general, Nebraska voters did not like the idea of funding withdrawn from public schools to support charter schools, a relatively risky unknown with the reputation of lack of oversight and transparency. It seems like the people in those smaller communities are looking at the common good.
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