Prayer Rooms in Public Schools: Mission Bloat?

"Mission bloat" is the term used when schools devote space, time and other resources to programs and practices that aren't required by state education law, and aren't demonstrably important toward meeting graduation requirements. Providing prayer rooms for Muslim...

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OPS Superintendent’s Race: The ‘Yikes’ Factor

Pictured: John and Melissa Wood, suing their Maryland public school district for forced indoctrination of their daughter into Islam The fellow who appears to be the front-runner in the race to become the next superintendent of Nebraska's largest school district, the...

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Review a Charter School Example in Kansas City

Just back from a lovely weekend in Kansas City. We dined Saturday night at a delightful, casual French restaurant downtown, Le Fou Frog (The Crazy Frog). Our waiter, the inimitable Jean-Pierre, told us that a local charter school which is a French immersion program...

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I’m With Sen. Wayne: Punt and Regroup on OPS Supe Search

State Sen. Justin Wayne of northeast Omaha is wise to call for the Omaha Public Schools to toss out the names of the three finalists just announced for the OPS superintendent's spot, appoint an interim supe to place-hold, and start a new search. Why? Because right now...

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Go Big Ed’s Mission

Go Big Ed is dedicated to uniting Nebraskans around our children and our schools. We seek to bring out the best in them, and in each other. As friends and neighbors, we will continue to develop a K-12 educational system in Nebraska that by all indicators is No. 1 in the nation.

This is a nonprofit, grassroots, ad hoc, statewide effort designed to inform people and link them together in powerful new ways to advocate for what’s best for Nebraska’s schoolchildren.

Whether the education is taking place in an inner-city magnet school or a one-room country schoolhouse next to a cornfield . . . whether it’s in a large tax-funded public school district, a private school, a homeschool, a virtual academy, or some combination . . . whether parents are receiving education “free” in a public-school setting, or at their own expense in a homeschool or private school . . . this website is designed to bring understanding to everyone, and develop creative new ideas for solutions to our mutual problems.

Go Big Ed is for parents, grandparents, teachers, taxpayers, school administrators, school-board members, elected officials, school governance personnel, business people, volunteers, philanthropists, social-service professionals, health-care experts, criminal justice workers, and citizens from every corner of the state and all walks of life . . . everyone who cares about children, and wants to help make their future bright.

That future is in traditional school settings, both public and private. It is in flexible, privately-funded, market-based initiatives. It is in positive public policy that respects and celebrates all options, all backgrounds, all viewpoints, and all possibilities. Nebraska: the good life. We have it here. We really do. Our schools are excellent. But we can make them even better. Together, we can make them . . . No. 1.

All About Susan

Susan Darst Williams is a writer, speaker, creativity coach, and fun-loving mother of four. One of “those” kids who was a class clown, she grew up in the principal’s office, married her high school sweetheart, smartened up at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and has been a word nerd ever since.

A former reporter for The Omaha World-Herald and the Midlands Business Journal, Susan also has been editor of RFD-TV The Magazine. She has written for a host of free-lancing clients, producing everything from books to articles to song parodies to greeting cards. Check out her sister site THE DAILY SUSAN.

Her No. 1 passion is using humor and inspiration to represent Jesus Christ to a world that often needs a smile and some hope. Another key interest is helping disadvantaged children do better in school by providing complementary education in the good old 3 R’s.  Susan also gives humorous, inspirational speeches for secular and Christian audiences, Making Hearts Clap

Susan Darst Williams is a writer, speaker, creativity coach, and fun-loving mother of four. One of “those” kids who was a class clown, she grew up in the principal’s office, married her high school sweetheart, smartened up at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and has been a word nerd ever since.

A former reporter for The Omaha World-Herald and the Midlands Business Journal, Susan also has been editor of RFD-TV The Magazine. She has written for a host of free-lancing clients, producing everything from books to articles to song parodies to greeting cards. Check out her sister site at THE DAILY SUSAN!

Her No. 1 passion is using humor and inspiration to represent Jesus Christ to a world that often needs a smile and some hope. Another key interest is helping disadvantaged children do better in school by providing complementary education in the good old 3 R’s.  Susan also gives humorous, inspirational speeches for secular and Christian audiences, Making Hearts Clap

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