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Staying With The Family

It was 1881 when Nebraska first placed ungovernable boys and girls in a new red brick State Industrial School in Kearney with the intent of reforming them. It was not until 1892, that 57 girls were moved from Kearney to a new Girls Industrial School at Geneva.

Though programs and institution names have changed over the years, the basic plan for addressing juvenile delinquency hasn’t. In...

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90 Days Down - A Meaty Interim Looms

In January The Reader contacted some Omaha state senators to see what they were expecting in the long 90-day session ahead of them.

On June 5th senators were scattering after a session almost uniformly described as “tough.” We tried to contact the same senators. Two revealed they were considering higher office. All were focused on the summer interim session--after a break.


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Top Teachers

In honor of National Teacher  Appreciation Day and in recognition of our own Teacher Appreciation Day this Saturday, May 11, 6 p.m. at Aksarben Village, The Reader reached out to the Learning Community school districts to get the names of teachers recognized for their hard work, dedication and effectiveness. Here is just a small sampling of the educators who help shape our children’s growth and...

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<p>From left to right: Sharif Liwaru, Sarah Moore, Nikole Roach of UNO's Attendance Collaborative</p>

Showing Up

“Attendance is one area where 90 percent does not equal an A,” according to Sharif Liwaru, Elementary Schools Director at UNO’s Attendance Collaborative. That is because a 90 percent attendance rate equals 20 days of absence -- the number that triggers a referral to the County Attorney as mandated by LB 933. 

“A kid missing a couple days of school every couple of weeks may not seem like a lot of...

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From Juggernaut to Commission: 16 Days in February

The first four and half hours of the Revenue Committee hearing on February 6 on Legislative Bill 405, one of the Governor’s proposals to eliminate state income tax for a broader sales tax, seemed noisy and riddled with insider banter. From 1:30 to 6 p.m. senators, bureaucrats and the Governor talked to each other about the bill while the public and lobbyists waited to speak.

From time to...

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Nebraska Legislature 2013

Among the 168 legislative bills that hit the Clerk’s desk on January 23, the tenth and last day for individual senators to introduce new legislation for the 2013 Session, were a couple of heavyweights bills. Omaha senators led or were instrumental in introducing them.

The Reader sought out conversations with Omaha-area senators and, despite full committee hearing and meeting schedules at the...

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About Taxes

Scarcely had Governor Heineman revealed half of his idea to eliminate income tax in favor of a somehow broader sales tax, than professor Richard Pomp, tax teacher and writer, and former tax change commission member, arrived in Lincoln to offer a few tax basics.

Invited by the Open Sky Policy Institute, the professor offered serious advice in homey and humorous terms. The Institute is a...

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One Does Not Bear Arms Against A Rabbit

Gun violence and the wide availability of assault rifles are rightfully in the center of debate following last week’s massacre. We are an unusually armed country, with almost enough guns for every single person.

An important overview is offered by the nonprofit investigative news outfit Propublica and their “The Best Reporting on Guns in America.” Their summary introduces Jill Lepore’s New...

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