A bill that would allow the state to intervene on behalf of Nebraska’s lowest performing schools has advanced in the legislature.
Speaker Greg Adams of York, a self-proclaimed former crotchety old teacher, sponsors LB 438. He told colleagues during his close the bill is no silver bullet to fix failing schools.
“And silver bullets? Thirty-one years of teaching; I can’t remember a year that we didn’t start out the school year with somebody saying, ‘Boy, have I got a great idea. This is going to fix it.’ And I must tell you this crotchety old teacher would go to his classroom and shut the door and let all that stuff just kind of float around and realizing there was no silver bullet,” Adams stated.
Under the bill, the state Board of Education would devise a detailed ranking of Nebraska school districts. Intervention teams would be formed by the state to help the lowest-performing districts in an effort to improve student test scores.
Adams warned colleagues that if they’re looking for a silver bullet to fix failing schools his bill isn’t it.
“It gives the state of Nebraska an opportunity, statutory authority, to intervene in these schools that don’t seem to get it turned around,” Adams said. “Maybe they’re not looking at the best methods. Maybe they don’t care. I don’t know. But, here’s the method. It’s not a silver bullet either. It’s a start.”
Adams said the bill would work with federal school accountability methods.
LB 438 advanced on a 35-0 vote.
AUDIO: Speaker Greg Adams closes on LB 438 [4:30]