Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed will step down, officially retiring June 30th.
Breed says he’s proud of the cooperative environment that has been built to move education policy in Nebraska, but says there is plenty of work ahead.
“We have standards to revise. We have a new generation of assessments to develop in terms of the K-12 environment. We have assurances to meet with regard to quality educators and leaders in our schools. We have vocational rehabilitation services to offer to a growing population,” Breed tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Breed became Nebraska Education Commissioner in October of 2008.
Breed says he is most pleased about the cooperative environment in education policy that has been built during that tenure. It helped create the Nebraska P-16 Initiative. Breed led the implementation of statewide reading, mathematics and science tests, established a new state accountability system and worked with the Nebraska court system to address excessive absenteeism in public schools.
Breed has been in education for nearly 42 years in Nebraska. He served as superintendent of Elkhorn Public Schools from 1991 to 2009.
Breed says he’s pleased with the strides to move education policy in Nebraska and says that if he had a magic wand, he would have every Nebraska community rally behind its schools.
“Assure each and every student in those schools the best possible opportunity for a quality education and a quality life that has a sustaining income and a career of interest and productivity,” “And I see that reflected in many, many Nebraska communities, but not all.”
State Board of Education President Pat Timm said Breed’s longtime leadership on behalf of Nebraska students would be greatly missed.
“Roger has been a strong leader and advocate for the education of all Nebraska students. Our students and their schools have benefited from his leadership and his focus on student achievement, learning standards and student attendance. His influence has been far-reaching in the areas of school improvement,” Timm said in a statement released by the Department of Education.
Breed says he is retiring to spend more time with his family, including traveling to the St. Louis area to visit his six grandchildren.
AUDIO: Brent Martin interviews Education Commissioner Roger Breed. [5 min.]