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The State of Education in Nebraska

From the beginning, helping Nebraska’s students and teachers meet their most pressing educational challenges has been the goal of The State of Education in Nebraska. But what started as a single program in 2012 (on the positive impact out-of-school time programs can have on students’ academic performance and Nebraska’s high school dropout rate) has grown into a two-year commitment by NET Learning Services to examine broader issues affecting educational quality across our state.

Launched with the support of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, a national public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help stem the high school dropout rate, today the series is far-reaching in its scope. But at its core, The State of Education in Nebraska is dedicated to one crucial issue: how to bridge students’ achievement gap.

Spearheaded by NET Learning Services and partners Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and Nebraska Loves Public Schools, The State of Education in Nebraska brings together a diverse group of individuals, each with a stake or expertise in children and education, all working toward the same goal of better educational outcomes for Nebraska students.

“By presenting material with potential to spark conversation and change, we hope to improve the success of all children in Nebraska, with special emphasis on those most at risk.  The State of Education in Nebraska is committed to helping all students, including those from the most challenging educational environments, enjoy the same opportunities to thrive as students from more affluent backgrounds.”
        — Gary Targoff, NET’s Assistant
             General Manager of Education

In this effort, NET and its partners offer a series of broadcast, online, and community engagement activities. Programs in The State of Education in Nebraska have been produced by NET and Nebraska Loves Public Schools (funded by the Sherwood Foundation). The series informs viewers about emerging practices being adopted to address the achievement gap, especially focusing on topics and solutions that involve citizens across the state. The ultimate goal is to improve achievement and adopt a unique approach to greater educational equality.

The State of Education in Nebraska brings together respected professionals, welcoming educators, researchers, foundation and business leaders, civic leaders, pediatricians, and psychologists. Ongoing and future programs are being planned around equally comprehensive subjects — illustrating that The State of Education in Nebraska is a promising one in Nebraska.

"The State of Education in Nebraska has exposed Nebraskans to national and regional experts in a variety of topics such as summer learning loss, community learning centers, foster care, brain development, and early childhood education. Research shows these factors can play an important role in widening or narrowing the achievement gap."
        — Martha Florence
             NET's Community Engagement and
             Educational Outreach Director



NET Learning Services
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Nebraska Loves Public Schools
First Five Nebraska
America’s Promise Alliance Grad Nation
Avenue Scholars Foundation
Beyond School Bells
Buffett Early Childhood Fund

Center on Children, Families, and the Law
Coalition for Community Schools
Lincoln Community Foundation
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Trucking Association
Urban League of Nebraska
United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County

United Way Readers, Tutors, and Mentors

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American Graduate is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in partnership with America's Promise Alliance, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.