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Lawmakers debate bill aimed at lowest performing schools; Sen. Harms focusing on early childhood development

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Helping Nebraska's lowest performing schools isn't coming without concerns from some state lawmakers.

State senators are debating a bill that would allow an intervention team from the state Department of Education to go to the five lowest performing schools and try to address and fix the problems.

Scottsbluff Senator John Harms is concerned that the issues are stemming from early childhood development. He says that in the Scottsbluff Public School District, 61 percent of children are deemed "at risk children".

He thinks students aren't succeeding because they didn't develop at the Pre- K level.

"I would be in hopes that we start to focus on before the children gets there," explains Senator Harms. "Because that's where we are failing. That's the problem we have. And if you don't deal with that, I don't care what kind of evaluation you put in. I don't care what system you establish. It will not be successful. I'm not being critical of the bill, I think we're just short one aspect."

Debate on this bill is expected to resume on Thursday.


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