DISPARATE DISCIPLINE

The harsh practice of early childhood centers and elementary schools meting out discipline to “difficult” children through suspension or expulsion is netting more attention. Even more disturbing is the higher rate at which African-Americans and Latinos face exclusionary discipline for behavioral reasons. Special-needs kids are also more frequently disciplined than the general student population. Punitive […]

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Sam Meisels leads early childhood mission through Buffett Institute

Since Sam Meisels arrived in 2013 to head the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, he’s become the academic-based advocate ally to the socially conscious philanthropist who hired him, Susan A. Buffett. The dynastic wealth of the Buffetts has always had a progressive bent, Billionaire investor Warren Bufffett’s first wife, the late Susan Thompson Buffett, gave generously […]

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Finding Balance

When it comes to the economy today, Dr. James K. Galbraith acts as a sort of impartial judge on issues that often divide citizens. Galbraith, an economist, spoke as part of the annual Holland Lecture Series on Oct.9. For almost two hours Dr. Galbraith was clever, affable, and deeply knowledge about the issues facing our […]

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Helping Parents and Kids

Imagine trying to communicate with your child’s teacher in a foreign language, or trying to help your child with homework in a foreign language. Those scenarios are reality for hundreds of immigrant Omaha families with children in Learning Community schools, and a reality that the Learning Community Center of South Omaha, which just opened this […]

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Kids Eat Free: Pull Up A Seat

Only 10 percent of the children in the state of Nebraska who are eligible for the summer meals program actually take advantage of it. Hunger Free Heartland is out to change that by spreading the word about its Summer Food Service Program. Sue Arment, Director for Hunger Free Heartland, says the program is open to […]

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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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