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Omaha Public School Board, District 1

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    Ricky Smith

  • Mort Sullivan

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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 Omaha Public School Board Sub-District 1 2020
Past Public Office, dates held Omaha Public School Board Sub-District 1 2017, 2018, 2019,
Education Midland Lutheran College Creighton University Bellevue University University of Nebraska at Omaha
Volunteer experience Empowerment Network Urban League of Nebraska Black Men United Project Manhood Black Police Officers Association Nelson Mandela Elementary School Black Men United United Way of the Midlands Circle of Stars Omaha United for Youth
We have to prepare our students for the jobs and careers of the future, first by exposing them to the things that are out there and push their limits and expectations of what they can become. I have fought for equity within the district for 4 years helping to push our Magnet programs, approving the purchase of 54,000 I-pads to erase the technology gap for our students in OPS creating opportunities in equity. I helped write an Equity, and Inclusion Policy that was approved by the Board in 2020.
Since I got on the board we adopted district wide safety measures, provided professional development on mandatory reporting, worked closely with Police, and hired our own Director for Safety and Security. We were able to make budget cuts and reinvest in new security equipment throughout the district. My driving force is always to protect kids and I have no problem when it comes to fighting for our students safety, well-being, and mental health. This includes fighting for our educators as well.
To stay out of Omaha. They have no role or use. We serve our children with care, compassion and empathy, all of them. Taking tax payer money to provide education to a targeted population is the exact opposite of equity. Charter schools have zero accountability to the communities they are planted in and intended to serve. We have a rich curriculum and school based supports that help our families and students in most need. Funds needed within our district should never go to Charter Schools.
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