Washington’s education policymakers have used a policy of shaming and threatening careers of teachers in a vain hope that such a policy will close the educational achievement gap between rich and poor children. This policy has failed in every state in the union, including Nebraska. But they continue the failed system because of big donors who are cashing in on local education taxes.

Our state education leaders have minimized the damage done by Washington. But they have not been able to ignore them completely, since federal funds make-up over 5% of Nebraska’s education budget or over $200 million.

But there may be a new ray of hope for our children; a new member of the state board of education, Robin

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