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Education
12:45 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Former Ralston schools leader named interim superintendent of OPS

The former leader of the Ralston Public Schools will be OPS’ new interim superintendent.

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Education
5:06 am
Mon July 23, 2012

MCC and AmeriCorps VISTA Brought Hip-Hop to Nathan Hale Magnet

A unique program at Omaha's Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School earlier this year taught students the five pillars of hip-hop.

Metropolitan Community College partnered with the AmeriCorps VISTA program to implement a hip-hop curriculum.  Jason Rodriguez of the VISTA program taught the hip-hop curriculum. 

He says the classes gave students something to relate to while stressing the importance of education.  Rodriguez says the curriculum covered the five pillars of hip hop, including dj'ing and emceeing, one of the students’ favorites.

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Education
11:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Omaha gets $28,000 to help afterschool programs provide meals to students

Omaha is one of 11 cities nationwide to get grant funding that'll help afterschool programs provide meals for students.

The $28,000 grant is part of an effort by the National League of Cities and the Walmart Foundation to combat childhood hunger. There currently are 260 afterschool programs in the Omaha area.

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Education
11:30 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Death or public speaking? UNO researchers revisit a 1973 study on the number one fear

A new study finds that while public speaking might be the most common fear, it isn’t number one.

UNO Public Speaking Fundamentals program director Karen Kangas Dwyer and Speech Center Coordinator Marlina Davidson did the study. It revisited a 1973 study that found more people feared public speaking than death.

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Education
5:06 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Teens Learn Life Skills at Omaha Public Library

The Omaha Public Library is offering two workshops to help teens build confidence and learn life skills.

The library is offering the two sessions in collaboration with LifeBound.  Gary Wasdin, Executive Director for the Omaha Public Library, says this is the first time the library is offering programs like this.  He says "Success in Middle School” addresses the transition that 6th and 7th graders undergo. 

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Education
5:06 am
Fri July 13, 2012

MCC Moves Ahead with expansion of the Elkhorn Campus

MCC, Elkhorn Campus

The Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors recently approved a Master Plan that calls for the expansion of the Elkhorn Campus.

Board Member Tim Potter says the plan provides for the construction of new buildings to accommodate the fast growing campus.  He says right now, a building on Metro’s Elkhorn Campus is at 105% of capacity.  Potter says the only potential obstacle to the expansion right now is a dispute Metro has with the City of Omaha.

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Education
1:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

OPS hires consulting firm for second superintendent search

The Omaha Public Schools board will use a consulting firm from the Chicago area to assist with its second search for a new superintendent.

OPS board members voted Monday night to hire Proact Search of Wilmette, Illinois.  The school district is once again searching for a new superintendent following the resignation in early June of Nancy Sebring. She was to begin her new job as OPS superintendent July first, but resigned following reports that she used her Des Moines Public Schools email account to send sexually explicit messages.

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Education
2:39 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

OPS puts 2012-13 budget proposal online

The Omaha Public Schools board is set to vote in September on a new $481.2 million budget.

This year, the budget materials are online, along with committee presentations and a public comment section. OPS’ new fiscal year budget projects a six-percent increase in state aid, but no change in property valuations.

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Education
1:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

OPS Board approves profile, application for interim superintendent

The Omaha Public Schools board is moving ahead in its search for an interim superintendent.

Board members approved an interim superintendent candidate profile and application during a special meeting Monday afternoon. The board is working with the Nebraska Council of School Administrators and American Association of School Administrators to find interim superintendent candidates.

The four-page application and one-page profile will now be used to find candidates for the interim position, which will be filled by September first.

Education
5:06 am
Wed June 20, 2012

UNO Hosts Conference of Metropolitan Universities

“A Love of Place: The Metropolitan Advantage” is the theme of the 2015 conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

UNO will host the conference.  Chancellor John Christensen says the coalition is comprised of 70 institutions across the country. 

He says between 250 and 350 leaders from those universities attend the conference each year. 

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