Former Lincoln Board of Education member Lillie Larsen will run for the state Board of Education seat being vacated by Lincoln attorney Bob Evnen.

Evnen announced last month he will not run for re-election to District 1, which includes two-thirds of Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Larsen served on the Lincoln Public Schools board for 12 years, deciding last year not to seek re-election.

She said she supports an "appropriate, workable" assessment and accountability system focused on student learning and growth. The Legislature is considering a bill that would require such a system, and department of education officials have been working on a model for such a system for some time.

As a state board member, Larsen said, she would encourage communication with parents, teachers and communities across the state and would advocate for high-quality early childhood instruction.

"Special attention to individual student performance in early childhood and lower elementary education pays off in terms of long-term student performance, reduced need for remediation and decreased dropouts," she said.

Larsen earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in education, has served on state and national education association boards and has been involved in numerous school, education and arts organizations.

She and her husband, Max, have lived in Lincoln since 1966. Their three grown sons attended LPS.

The primary is May 15.

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