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Inviting Nebraska Dreams

by Lindsey Peterson

Crete, located in southeast Nebraska, is a town not unlike many other rural towns. It faces an increasing immigration population and a burdened education system. And, like others, it’s scrambling to find ways to handle an influx of students and parents who don’t speak the language.

What does make Crete different is the lack of picket lines, protests and media coverage....

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<p>Curriculum at Underwood Hills focuses on 21st century-learning — technology and communication skills — and each student has access to their own laptop.  </p>

Still in Focus

The rumors were starting to pile up like the early January snow surrounding Underwood Hills Focus School. Faced with looming state budget cuts, the innovative elementary school near 90th Street and Western Avenue was in danger of closing. Last December the Elkhorn school district was the first to pull out of the collaborative venture with the Westside and Omaha school districts. Twenty percent of...

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<p>Seniors Treasure Anderson and Daniel Mayorga-Alvarez are two of 45 members of St. Peter Claver’s 2011 graduating class.  </p>

The Graduates

Four years ago Daniel Mayorga-Alvarez and Treasure Anderson took the challenge of enrolling in a new high school with strict disciplinary codes, high academic standards and the requirement of working a paid internship. The teens signed on to the inaugural, all-freshman class at St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey High School. The Cristo Rey Network affords youths from low-income families a quality...

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Next Generation

UNO communication professor Chris Allen recently returned from a two-week needs assessment trip to Afghanistan. His journey was part of a federally funded journalism faculty-student development program between the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Kabul University. As Afghanistan attempts normalization in this post-Taliban era, the nation’s indigenous media uneasily co-exist with Islamic law...

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Cyberbully ban considered in Nebraska

Elkhorn Sen. Lavonn Heidemann introduced a bill (LB123) Jan. 18 that would expand the disciplinary powers of Nebraska schools in cases of cyberbullying. Current state law allows schools to punish students for harassment via email, text message or other forms of social media only if the bullying occurred on school grounds or at school events. The new proposal would allow school administrators to...

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Teaching Peace

Some stories are inescapable. They get passed from friend to friend, mentors to mentees, supporters to skeptics. They end up on nightstands and in carry-ons of the unsuspecting with no other directive than to simply “read this.” Greg Mortenson’s life is one of those stories. His 2006 book Three Cups of Tea details a failed bid to climb K2, the world’s second tallest mountain, and how...

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Millard South principal released from hospital

Principal Curtis Case was released from the hospital Jan. 12, one week after he was shot by a student at Millard South High School. There is no timetable for Case to return to school. He released a statement on Jan. 13 saying "I still need time to heal."

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Nebraska gets a D+ on public schools report card

Nebraska's public schools aren't making the grade, according to the latest annual review of the nation's public schools from Education Week. The Quality Counts 2011 report gave Nebraska an overall grade of D+, joining South Dakota and the District of Columbia as states who received the lowest grades. Nebraska's overall score of 68.6 was the lowest in the country. Nationwide, public schools...

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