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State Board of Education - District 2

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    Robert Anthony
    (R)

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    Lisa Fricke
    (D)

Biographical Information

Do you see this board as being an elected or appointed body? Please explain your reasoning.

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

How can the continuing education of teachers be supported?

Education Bachelor's Degree from Grace University in Christian Ministry, 3 Associate's Degrees in Communications, Electronics, and Korean Studies, and a Project Management Professional Certification
Military experience USAF Retired Senior Master Sergeant 2019, served 22 years, last position was the Superintendent of the largest flying squadron in the Air Force. I started my career as an Avionics mechanic and was then selected to become an Airborne Korean Linguist.
Volunteer experience Sarpy County Elected Official Salary Committee, Church Security team, Omaha metro area sport's official for over 15 years, awarded Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for community volunteer work throughout my military career.
This board is elected by the constituents of District 2 through a popular vote, while an appointed board is selected by another leader or a body of officials without the vote of the public. The Governor sometimes must fill vacancies that arise and cannot be filled until an election takes place. In that instance as we have seen on the State Board of Education, a seat on the board was appointed.
LB147 would have been a great step towards safer schools. I fully support SROs in our schools. They aide in the security of our students & staff. However, when a student gets violent in a classroom, SROs may not react quick enough or be on campus. The use of reasonable physical intervention to manage a student's behavior to protect staff, other students, & themselves, but not to cause physical harm must be allowed. In order for students to achieve their goals, we must provide a safe environment.
With the pandemic, many teachers have had to adjust quickly with technology. Education in regards to technology is essential right now. Rural schools would also benefit from this growth. School boards should foster this expanded training in tech along with standard CE within a teacher's field of expertise. This education should not come as a financial burden to our teachers, specifically because our students benefit so much from our teacher's growth. Grants for teachers should be made available.
Current Public Office, dates held State Board of Education Member Incumbent-Elected in 2016
Past Public Office, dates held NE State Board of Education is my first public office
Education Graduate of Bellevue East, BAE from Wayne State College, Earned five additional teaching endorsements, Taught English 6-12, Geography 7- 9, Speech 7-12, Language Arts 6-8, and Reading 8
Military experience My father served in the US Air Force for 30 years. Being a member of a military family gave me a global perspective that still guides many of my decisions today.
Volunteer experience I have served as a volunteer for the Red Cross, Salvation Army, an Intergenerational & TeamMates Mentor, helped with NeSA Assessments for Reading and Writing, and was also a gubernatorial appointee to the Special Education Accountability Commission
I see the Board as an elected constitutional body. According to the NE Constitution Article VII, Section 3: "The State Board of Education shall be composed of eight members, who shall be elected from eight districts of substantially equal population as provided by the Legislature." One state senator unsuccessfully tried to eliminate the State Board, but the legislative bill didn’t make it out of committee, demonstrating the senators support for the State Board.
School personnel, students, communities, and the state must work as a team to ensure school safety. School districts must have an up-to-date safety plan that utilizes best practices. Schools should have a process that allows students to report safety concerns. Several schools have weekly safety advisory meetings to assess potential safety issues--being proactive averts danger. Effective safety communication among all stakeholders is essential.

Continuing education is important, but professional development meets immediate needs: Teachers should have input in this process. PD training improves teacher effectiveness which in turn improves student learning. Right now, mental health is a concern, but any training should start with districts ascertaining teacher needs. Then, the district can seek input from ESUs and the NE Dept. of Ed. that could provide trainers and best practice resources to support what teachers need to be successful.