Emily Matis, Director of AIM Code School, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to talk about the AIM Institute’s free Introduction to Technology course the nonprofit is now offering in an effort to connect people with an interest in technology to opportunities they haven’t been able pursue as a result of financial barriers. 

More information can be found at

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing a state takeover of K-12 public education funding as a way to lower property taxes. Sen. Tom Briese, of Albion, introduced a constitutional amendment that would require state government to pay for local schools. Currently, public schools are financed through a combination of state aid and local property taxes. Briese says rising property taxes are driven by the state’s unwillingness to adequately fund schools. His proposal would place the issue on the 2022 general election ballot, where voters would decide whether to approve it.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Proposed social studies standards for Nebraska schoolchildren would encourage them to look at history from multiple perspectives.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the draft proposal was written by a group of Nebraska educators and suggests what students should know about, and be able to do, in history, government, civics, geography and economics.

If the standards are approved by the Nebraska State Board of Education next month, school districts then must adopt the standards or their own of equal or greater rigor.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Millard Public Schools District in Omaha intends to offer new programs this coming school year to improve the social skills of students with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the programs will use recreation specialists and volunteer peers to teach basic skills, such as starting a conversation or how to order an Uber.

Quest Forward Academy Omaha is a four-year independent high school located on the campus of Bellevue University and approved by the Nebraska Department of Education.  In small classes, with guidance from expert mentors, students actively pursue their interests through an innovative quest-based curriculum.

Mark Smith is the Director of Quest Forward Academy Omaha and he stops by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the academy's approach to education, the open house for perspective students and their parents on June 27th (at the Riley Science Ctr.- Bellevue University), and which students may be right for this education.

More information can be found at

Omaha's chapter of the Pencils of Promise organization was founded in January of 2018 by a group of Creighton University students.  Their goal is to build a school in Laos and continue the fight for global education equity so that all children have a chance to unlock their full potential.  The chapter president is Creighton University student Mike Galeski.

In order to draw attention to the fundraising efforts of this Pencils of Promise chapter, Mike applied to and was accepted as a contestant on the television show American Ninja Warrior.  His episode will air later this summer.  

Mike stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about his journey into television, his journeys half-way around the world, and why he is devoting so much of his life to ensure that children worldwide have a chance at a decent education.

For those who don't know, Pencils of Promise is a for-purpose organization working to increase access to quality education for children in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos.  More information can be found by contacting club president Mike Galeski at or by going to the website:

Following the success of the dual language programs at Omaha Public Schools, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School in cooperation with Our Lady of Lourdes will begin a Dual Language Academy starting with the 2018-2019 school year.  Principal Andrew Bauer stops by the KIOS studios to discuss the program, the first among Catholic schools, with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" on Morning Edition.  More information is available at

April 21st starting at 9:00 a.m. ACI's Coding for Girls Camp begins.  

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a rule change that will make it easier for military spouses to teach in Nebraska if they recently arrived from out of state.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state audit has found numerous irregularities and poor accounting at Nebraska's three state colleges.

Art in Motion's Mari Anne Hartmann joins Mike Hogan for “Live & Local” on Morning Edition

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are easing scoring on a test for future teachers so more applicants can pass.

Cheril Lee, KIOS’ News Director, sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week to talk about an upcoming topping out event and progress at Nathan Hale Middle School.



Creighton University and the College of Saint Mary are partnering on an accelerated law degree program.

Nebraska Appleseed wants the Unicameral to study for-profit colleges to determine if those schools are engaging in “problematic practices.”

Nebraska Future City Competition is underway

Oct 21, 2015

The theme of this year’s Future City Competition is Waste Not, Want Not.

Two dozen projects in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska will be funded in part with grants from the Iowa West Foundation.

College Possible attends White House event

Dec 17, 2014

A program providing supports for college-bound low-income students is continuing to expand.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —The president of the University of Nebraska could get a raise of more than $10,000 at next week's Board of Regents meeting.

Bellevue University opens Military Veteran Services Center

Jun 7, 2013

Bellevue University’s campus is growing with the addition of a Military Veteran Services Center.

12 member OPS board's final meeting Monday

Jun 3, 2013

Tonight is the final meeting of the Omaha Public Schools’ 12-member board.

A measure approved in last year’s legislature will provide grant funds to create partnerships between non-profit organizations and educational institutions.

OPS students' math, reading test scores improve

Nov 21, 2012

Test scores are improving in Nebraska’s largest school district, but Omaha Public Schools officials say there’s still work to do.

OPS board sets December 17th date to name new superintendent

Nov 20, 2012

The Omaha Public Schools board plans to start interviewing candidates for superintendent next week.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The State Board of Education and the Nebraska Department of Education will hold public meetings from five cities around the state to discuss social studies standards.

New middle school to carry name of Tuskegee Airman

Nov 9, 2012

A new middle school in Omaha will bear the name of a 1937 Tech High School graduate and Tuskegee Airman.

OPS board seats on Tuesday's ballot

Nov 5, 2012

Six Omaha Public Schools board seats are on Tuesday’s general election ballot.

Sokolof Lecture focuses on civil rights movement

Nov 1, 2012

The relationship between the Jewish and African-American communities, and their roles in the civil rights movement, is the topic of a lecture Thursday at UNO.

Voters in the Papillion-La Vista School District will decide November 6 if the district should borrow $59.6 million for two new elementary schools and renovations to six buildings.

Creighton University celebrates Asian Culture Week

Oct 9, 2012

A new exhibit and lecture this week at Creighton University celebrate Asian culture.