Nebraska school districts

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K-12 Education in Nebraska
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Matthew Blomstedt
Number of students: 301,296[1]
Number of teachers: 22,182
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:13.6
Number of school districts: 288
Number of schools: 1,090
Graduation rate: 88%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $10,825[3]
See also
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Nebraska is home to 288 school districts, 1,090 schools and 301,296 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education[5]
    • Rachel Wise, President, District 3
    • John Sieler, Vice President, District 8
    • Lillie Larsen, District 1
    • Glen Flint, District 2
    • John Witzel, District 4
    • Patricia Timm, District 5
    • Lynn R. Cronk, District 6
    • Molly O'Holleran, District 7


The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment and per-pupil spending per Average Daily Attendance (ADA).[4][6]

Student enrollment Per-pupil spending per ADA
1.) Omaha 1.) Sioux County
2.) Lincoln 2.) Bruning-Davenport Unified
3.) Millard 3.) Santee
4.) Papillion-La Vista 4.) Wheeler
5.) Bellevue 5.) Umo N Ho N Nation
6.) Grand Island 6.) Coleridge
7.) Westside 7.) Cody-Kilgore
8.) Elkhorn 8.) Exeter-Milligan
9.) Kearney 9.) Keya Paha County
10.) Fremont 10.) Shickley


See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Nebraska as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[7]

Demographic Information for Nebraska's K-12 Public School System
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 4,381 1.45% 1.10%
Asian 6,276 2.08% 4.68%
African American 20,262 6.72% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 355 0.12% 0.42%
Hispanic 49,405 16.40% 24.37%
White 211,406 70.17% 51.21%
Two or More 9,211 3.06% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

State law

Common Core

Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. As of 2014, Nebraska had not adopted these standards.[8]

School board composition

Nebraska school board members are elected by residents of the school district. Nebraska school board elections typically follow one of these two methods, or a mixture thereof:

  • At-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, regardless of geographic location.
  • District: Only voters residing in a specific geographic area within the school district may vote on certain candidates, who must also reside in that specific geographic area.

School board sizes and term lengths depend on the type of school district. Class II district boards have six members who serve four-year terms. Class III district boards can have six or nine members who serve six-year terms. Class IV district boards have as many members as the local city council, and members serve four-year terms. Class V district boards have seven or nine members who serve four-year terms.[9]

District types

Nebraska contains six types of school districts:[10]

  • Class II districts are located in an area with a population below 1,000.
  • Class III districts are located in an area with a population between 1,000 and 149,999.
  • Class IV districts are located in an area with a population of 100,000 or more in primary cities.
  • Class V districts are located in an area with a population of 200,000 or more in metropolitan cities.
  • Unified districts are mergers of two or more Class II or III districts. This merger must last at least three years and may be permanent. The board is made up of board members from the participating school districts. The merged districts are still legally independent but they share resources.
  • Educational service unit districts provide specialized support services to other districts.

Term limits

Nebraska does not impose statewide term limits on school board members.[11]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Nebraska school board elections, 2015

A total of one Nebraska school district among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold an election in 2015 for three seats. Lincoln Public Schools will hold its election on May 5, 2015.

The district served 36,528 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Click on the district name for more information on the district and its school board election.

2015 Nebraska School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Lincoln Public Schools 5/5/2015 3 7 36,528

Path to the ballot

To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in Nebraska, a person must be a registered voter in the district at the time of the candidacy filing deadline.[9]

School board candidates must file for office with the election commissioner, county clerk or city clerk, depending on the district. Candidates running in districts with territory in multiple counties must file with the election commissioner or county clerk in the county where the most qualified voters in the election reside.[12]

Campaign finance

Nebraska requires school board candidates who receive or spend $5,000 or more in a calendar year to file a statement of organization with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission and to pay a filing fee of $100. After that time, candidates must file regular campaign statements with that commission disclosing contributions and expenditures of $250 and more. If a candidate receives a contribution of $1,000 or more in the 14 days preceding the election, that candidate must also file a report of late contributions.[13]

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External links

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  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nebraska Department of Education, "Statistics and Facts about Nebraska Schools, 2010-2011," accessed August 7, 2013
  5. Nebraska Department of Education, "Nebraska State Board of Education Members," accessed August 7, 2013
  6. Nebraska Department of Education, "Cost Per Pupil by Average Daily Attendance (ADA) and by Average Daily Membership (ADM) From the 2011/12 Annual Financial Report," accessed August 7, 2013
  7. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  8. Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed July 12, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Nebraska Association of School Boards, "Candidate Guide - Serving Public Education," accessed July 10, 2014
  10. United State Census Bureau, "Nebraska," accessed July 10, 2014
  11. National School Boards Association, "Survey of the State School Boards Associations on Term Limits for Local Board Members," accessed July 8, 2014
  12. Nebraska Secretary of State, "Where Candidates Need to File," accessed July 10, 2014
  13. Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, "Candidates-General Information for the Public," accessed July 10, 2014