Dedicated to Teaching And Students

Dr. John Mackiel served the Omaha Public School District for 40 years, first as a reading and English teacher at Burke High School and for the last 15 years as superintendent, overseeing $254 million in school improvements, legal challenges to the state’s school finance system and the formation of the Learning Community. He retired from […]

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Schoolyard Fight

Half of the non-partisan Omaha Public School Board’s twelve seats are up for election this year. Of the six expiring terms, two subdistricts have uncontested candidates and three subdistricts have two candidates, leaving only one subdistrict with a competitive primary – subdistrict 12. West Omaha’s Omaha Public School subdistrict 12 has five candidates, three Republicans […]

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Schoolyard Fight

  Half of the non-partisan Omaha Public School Board’s twelve seats are up for election this year. Of the six expiring terms, two subdistricts have uncontested candidates and three subdistricts have two candidates, leaving only one subdistrict with a competitive primary – subdistrict 12. West Omaha’s Omaha Public School subdistrict 12 has five candidates, three […]

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Every Child Has A Gift

The economic forecast for the Midwest, and Nebraska in particular, is sunny with a chance of profits. For many metro area teachers, this means more choices for a second job. For others it may provide an impetus to exit education altogether. The money rebound hasn’t made its way into the pockets of local teachers. Last […]

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A Scientific Litmus Teset

Power comes with responsibility, believes Dr. John Janovy, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences at University of Nebraska Lincoln. “An ability to clearly articulate an understanding of basic evolutionary biology equivalent to that given in a freshman course,” he says, “should be a litmus test for scientific literacy among people in positions of power.” On the […]

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