The 28,000-member Nebraska State Education Association on Thursday announced it will support Democratic challenger Jane Raybould of Lincoln in her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Deb Fischer.
"Jane is a strong advocate for children and public education," Jenni Benson, NSEA president, said in an endorsement statement.
"As a business owner and as a parent, Jane understands the importance of providing all students with a high-quality college and career-ready education," she said.
"Jane is committed to ensuring every student has the support, tools and the time necessary to learn."
Raybould, who is seeking the Democratic nomination in the May 15 primary election, said she believes providing a quality education is key to economic prosperity.
"Educating our children must be a priority for our great state of Nebraska and our nation," she said.
Fischer's vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as secretary of education is "a prime example of how Fischer has disappointed Nebraska and 'gone Washington,'" Raybould said. DeVos, she said, is unqualified to hold that position.
DeVos was confirmed on a 51-50 Senate vote, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a rare tiebreaking vote.