Students of color and community members hope whoever is tabbed to take Steve Joel's place will continue to build on a strong foundation that values equity, inclusion and diversity.
"It's just amazing," said Levi Wright, a fourth-generation descendant of Chief Standing Bear. "To be here and for this honor — a school — is awesome."
Steve Joel, who led Lincoln Public Schools through a devastating fire, two successful bond referendums and a global pandemic, announced Monday…
Teaching our youth and providing a safe public environment in which to do it is a challenge in itself, especially during a worldwide pandemic …
Twenty-four teachers from across the city will lead the lessons in core instruction -- like English language arts and math -- which would be filmed during an in-person class and later uploaded online for students to access.
Unlike some districts in the state that take a more case-by-case approach, LPS' quarantine guidelines are fairly cut and dry.
"This is an important day for kids," Superintendent Steve Joel said. "Despite parents feeling very, very strongly -- pro-mask or anti-mask -- they didn't want to take away from the moments their children are experiencing."
About 30 people came to the Lincoln Board of Education to oppose its latest back-to-school plan that requires masks for children under 12, who aren't yet eligible to be vaccinated.
The change in the district's back-to-school plans, which officials unveiled in a Thursday news conference, comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Nebraska and across the country fueled by the more infectious delta strain.
At a 3-hour board meeting, some of the nearly 30 speakers who testified during public comment questioned mandating masks for students, citing young people's low risk of serious illness and effects on learning.
Just how many K-12 teachers have been vaccinated? If you're looking for a hard-and-fast number in Nebraska, good luck.
"Maybe I'll be wrong, maybe the numbers aren't going to do what we're worried they're going to do, but I don't think we're going to be starting schools without masks," Bob Rauner said in his 81st coronavirus update.
Masks will still be strongly recommended for all unvaccinated students and optional for those who are vaccinated. Face coverings remain required for unvaccinated staff members.
Chuck Morgan, who recently announced his retirement, is somewhat of a folk hero on social media, where his predictions at @weather4us became the stuff of legend to students with a penchant for snow days.
"I do feel like this pandemic was probably the most challenging thing I've ever endured in my life," the superintendent said from his office earlier this month. "It's has been an ongoing, every-single-day thing."
Now that it appears things are under control, it's time to tend to the minds and emotional needs of our children.
The Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) hosted its annual Donor Recognition virtually on May 6, honoring donors, nonprofits, funders and partne…
As of now, the program will still be available to elementary and middle schools students who have signed up and are approved.
Superintendent Steve Joel said the fact that vaccines will soon be widely available to those age 12 and older, combined with dropping coronavirus case numbers, prompted the review.
The proposed contract comes with a glowing evaluation of Superintendent Steve Joel and his work navigating the coronavirus pandemic and last year's social unrest.
LPS called snow days Monday and Tuesday, but won't have students doing remote work as both Millard and Omaha public schools chose to do.
New safety layers and a heightened sense of awareness will come with the resumption of youth sports in Lancaster County on Monday.
Going into his 11th year as Lincoln Public Schools superintendent, Dr. Steve Joel felt very positive with a recently passed bond issue and rec…