Dave Heineman on Education

Republican NE Governor


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

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

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

$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

Other governors on Education: Dave Heineman on other issues:
NE Gubernatorial:
Jon Bruning
Peter Ricketts
NE Senatorial:
Dave Domina
Deb Fischer
Shane Osborn

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) &Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Newly-elected 2014:
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
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