Gov. Pete Ricketts has proclaimed this “School Choice Week” in Nebraska, part of a national campaign to raise awareness of educational choices beyond public schools.
Ricketts says he believes in public schools, but says Nebraska needs to become more accommodating to other options.
“There’s other options we can look at with regard to school choice opportunities: charter schools, opportunity scholarships. These are all things that other states have used to help improve outcomes,” Ricketts tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Ricketts says some studies indicate that providing educational options has not just narrowed the achievement gap among various groups of schoolchildren, it has closed the gap in some instances.
Ricketts says Nebraska needs to become friendlier for alternative schools.
“There’s always more that we could be doing with regard to how we improve everything we do in state government and the education system is the same way, that we need to make sure that we are doing everything we can to make sure that every child gets the education they deserve,” Ricketts says.
The governor’s proclamation comes as part of National School Choice Week, which claims to seek to raise awareness of effective educational options for children.
Nearly 90 events are planned throughout Nebraska this week to raise awareness about K-12 school choice; more than 16,000 nationwide.