State of Nebraska Archives: on Education


Ben Sasse: At Midland U., fixed broken system of higher ed

When Sasse was appointed president of Midland University three years ago, Midland was in dire straits and contemplating bankruptcy. Sasse turned out to be a prodigious crisis manager. In the last three years, Midland's enrollment has gone from 590 students to 1,100. Oddly enough, his vision for reforming higher ed grew out of his experience trying to fix America's dysfunctional health care system.

"The only sector that even compares with higher ed for being broken is health care. Think about how similar they are. They're both dominated by third-party payment, and that third party is mostly public funders that don't know how to hold anybody accountable for outcomes. The institutions exist primarily for the good of their own workers, not their own customers--students or patients. Quality is hard to measure, but to the degree you can measure, you have to measure things that are team outcomes, not solo, virtuoso outcomes," he says.

Source: The Weekly Standard on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Jun 17, 2013

Dave Heineman: Increasing state aid to education from $852M to $939M

We are on the right path and that path starts with a quality education. Education is the great equalizer and education is one of our state's top priorities. We invest in education because we know how important it is. Our P-16 Initiative strengthens academic achievement for all students in Nebraska.

In 2008, I signed into law LB 1157 that provides for statewide assessments in reading, writing, math and science. Thanks to that legislation, more than ever before the focus of our school districts is now on academic achievement. We can be very proud that Nebraska's high school graduation rate is 86%--the 4th best in America. We have good schools, and they want to be even better in the future.

My proposed budget continues to make K-12 education a priority by increasing state aid to education from $852 million to $895 million in fiscal year 2014 and to $939 million in fiscal year 2015. Additionally, I am proposing a 5 percent increase in special education funding in each of the next two years.

Source: 2013 Nebraska State of the State Address Jan 15, 2013

Dave Heineman: Two-year tuition freeze for State colleges via more funding

Our students of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and it is critical to our future that they have affordable access to a quality higher education. Last week, I announced that the University of Nebraska and Nebraska's State Colleges are prepared to implement a two-year tuition freeze for Nebraska students if you adopt my proposed budget. My recommendation provides the necessary state funding to achieve this two-year tuition freeze for UNL, UNK, UNO, UNMC, Chadron State, Wayne State and Peru State. This is very good news for Nebraska families who are working very hard to ensure that their sons and daughters can afford to go to college. Community colleges are an important component of our education system, as well. I am proposing a similar increase in community college funding for each of the next two years so that each of our six community colleges can also consider adopting a two year tuition freeze.
Source: 2013 Nebraska State of the State Address Jan 15, 2013

Dave Heineman: Virtual school is good for Nebraska

The Virtual School will provide Nebraska students a rigorous online high school curriculum with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, commonly referred to as STEM courses, and Advanced Placement courses in both rural and urban areas. Additionally, the Virtual School establishes a single, centralized website informing students, parents, teachers and schools of virtual learning opportunities in Nebraska.
Source: 2011 Nebraska Gubernatorial press release Aug 10, 2011

Dave Heineman: $1.5M Nebraska Internship Program for college students

    I am pleased to announce today the Talent and Innovation Initiative, a four-part plan designed to enhance our economic momentum.
  1. I am proposing a Nebraska Internship Program to increase the number of college and university students interning with Nebraska businesses. This $1.5 million training program will be funded by redirecting resources from the Nebraska Job Training Cash Fund and matched by funds from the private sector.
  2. I am proposing the creation of a $7 million program, the Business Innovation Act to leverage entrepreneurship, to increase private sector research and innovation, and to expand small business outreach efforts.
  3. I am proposing the creation of a new $3 million Site and Building Development Fund to increase the number of sites and buildings available for business development projects.
  4. I am proposing a $5 million Angel Investment Tax Credit Program to foster high-tech startups in Nebraska.
Source: 2011 Nebraska State of the State Address Jan 13, 2011

Scott Kleeb: Accountability should enhance and support, not to punish

Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.30 Aug 19, 2008

Scott Kleeb: More college via Pell Grants, & G.I. Bill

Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.32 Aug 19, 2008

Steven Larrick: Federally funded universal pre-K programs

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

Steven Larrick: Federal funding for charter schools

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

Mike Johanns: Opposes “No Child Left Behind”--leave it to states

While we need to ensure our children are receiving the highest quality education, I did not support “No Child Left Behind” when I was Governor and I do not support it now. I support standards, but not the federal government dictating the standards for our state. I will push back on any attempts to implement more mandates on the states.
Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 3, 2008

Mike Johanns: $27M for state colleges’ recruitment & diversity

    The investment I propose for the University and the State Colleges is aggressive. My budget provides an increase of over $26.6 million additional dollars in the first year of the budget with another $29.4 million added in the second year of the budget. At the same time, I challenge higher education in Nebraska, including the University, State Colleges, and Community Colleges, in three key areas:
  1. to encourage and actively recruit every Nebraska high school graduate to stay in Nebraska for his or her college education;
  2. to promote diversity among students and staff in higher education by actively recruiting students not only from across the United States but from around the world; and
  3. to promote collaboration, cooperation, and innovative partnerships which will ensure unparalleled educational opportunities for our students.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Nebraska Legislature Jan 11, 2001

Mike Johanns: More teacher bonuses and incentives, locally decided

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Nebraska Legislature Jan 11, 2001

Jon Bruning: Vouchers for public, private, & religious schools

Source: Nebraska State 2000 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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Amb.John Bolton(MD)
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Rep.Peter King(NY)
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Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
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Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
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Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
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