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Lawmakers look to make State Board of Education more accountable for struggling schools

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Lawmakers have switched gears from debating a highly controversial helmet law, to debating a bill aimed at helping under-achieving schools.

State senators are looking to require the State Board of Education to designate low-performing schools as 'priority schools'. An intervention team will then collaborate with the school district to diagnose issues and improve its progress.

A maximum of five schools would receive the designation each year.

Speaker of the Legislature Greg Adams says this measure would force the state to take action on improving schools, rather than just identify that there is a problem.
 
"What we lack in Nebraska is an accountability system," says Adams. "We have an assessment system so we collect the data. We measure our students, we collect data. But we don't really have an accountability system."
 
Senator Adams has designated this measure as his priority bill for this legislative session.

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