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Five NE Schools Receive Blue Ribbon Designation

Sep 23, 2021
KTSM

Five Nebraska schools are named National Blue Ribbon Schools.  The five schools being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are Carl Swanson Elementary and St. Robert Bellarmine School in Omaha, Sagewood Elementary in Elkhorn, Lux Middle School in Lincoln, and Fort Calhoun Junior Senior High.  Blue Ribbon Schools have exemplary test scores or exemplary progress closing the achievement gap.   

Nebraska Dept. of Education

An attempt to include gender identity lessons in Nebraska’s public school curriculum was largely scrapped after an uproar from conservatives, including top state officials, who argued that the topics weren’t appropriate for children. The Nebraska Department of Education announced that it had stricken most of the proposed standards in a new draft released Thursday. The move came after state education officials faced intense criticism from many parents, school boards, state lawmakers and Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, who held town hall events to blast the proposal.

Omaha World Herald

Nearly 50 Nebraska school boards have objected to proposed state health education standards that include lessons for young children on gender identity and gender expression. State Sen. Joni Albrecht said 47 school boards across the state have either adopted resolutions or sent letters opposing the first draft of the standards that the Nebraska Department of Education is considering. Under the proposed standards, elementary students would learn about different kinds of family structures, including same-gender families, and gender identity.

The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Nebraska jumped to nearly 500 and set another new record as cases of the virus continued to surge in the state. State health officials said 483 people were hospitalized with the virus Wednesday, up from the previous day’s record-tying 436, as 1,169 new cases of the virus were reported. The state’s rate of new cases remained eighth-highest in the nation as the number of cases in Nebraska grew to 66,545 and 628 deaths were linked to the virus.

KOLO

State health officials announced 621 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 46,185 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 493 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services reports 29 percent of hospital beds and 78 percent of ventilators are available. There are 86 new cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County K-12 schools. The cases were reported in the last two weeks. The County Health Department says 46 cases are in staff members while 40 cases are students.  The department says more than 350 people are quarantining, while another 400 are self-isolating.