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Omaha Public School Board, District 7

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    Jane Erdenberger

  • Keegan Korf

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How can schools use technology to foster better equity and educational outcomes?

What can be done to ensure the safety of students and teachers in our schools?

What role, if any, should charter schools have in the Nebraska educational system?

Current Public Office, dates held None
Past Public Office, dates held None
Education University of Nebraska - Lincoln BA {1975]; George Washington Law School JD [1978]; University of Nebraska - Omaha BS [2000]
Military experience None
Volunteer experience Nebraska Education Finance Authority Board [two terms]; Omaha Education Association Board [three terms]; OPS One City One School District Task Force; CASA; Belle Ryan PTO; Summer 2020 OPS and YMCA food programs; Empowerment Network
Better equity and educational outcomes require curriculum meeting each student’s abilities and goals. Computers and a list of websites are insufficient. Certified teachers create lesson plans reflecting state standards, assess individual needs and identify websites for lab demonstrations, research projects, unique lectures, virtual field trips, graphic design and current events individualized to stimulate each student and prepare him/her for today’s workforce and to responsibly use technology.
A healthy environment requires data-driven decisions about contact and sanitation to create and preserve a healthy community and education workforce. Physical safety requires that policies about building access are regularly updated and consistently applied and that interactions of students and staff are based on mutual respect modeled by staff members, discussed in the classroom and expected at all times, to create a positive environment and address the needs of at-risk students.
Nebraska’s public schools are among the best in the nation. Research shows that charter schools usually do not perform better than public schools with comparable student populations and testing requirements and may increase segregation. Charter schools that receive public funds create a resource shortfall for public schools that are required to meet applicable educational mandates. Problems theoretically addressed by charter schools can be best solved with innovative public education.
Current Public Office, dates held N/A
Past Public Office, dates held N/A
Education Bachelor of Science in Communications – Journalism; PR/Advertising – University of Nebraska at Omaha Master of Arts in Teaching – College of Saint Mary Master of Education in Teacher Leadership and Learning - Midland University
Military experience N/A
Volunteer experience Mayoral Appoint Board Trustee (Secretary/Treasurer) for the Omaha Public Library Founding Board Member (Vice President) of Felius Cat Café Mentor with Girls Inc. of Omaha Member of the Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association
Technology resources should be an embedded part of any school budget and we should be shifting to digital resources and away from expensive and antiquated textbooks.

We do know that not every students has access to take-home devices or in-home Internet, but while they are in school, the technology resources need to be available to them.

Effective technology use means supporting students in growing their critical thinking and collaboration skills using new tools for learning.
School boards who work broadly with state and federal legislation to impact gun laws in addition to using funds to increase support staff for mental health services in schools as opposed to additional police officers are ways to start. Tackling student trauma and mental health is critical.

Finally, the most direct impact to school safety is a positive culture through strong administrative leadership which enables teachers to thrive and to build trusting relationships with their students
Charter schools and vouchers don’t belong in Nebraska. Period. Our public schools are the lifeblood of our state and we intend to keep it that way.