The Nebraska State Education Association Board of Directors has approved the recommendation made by a bipartisan committee, comprised of NSEA members from across the state, to support Senator Bob Krist in the election for governor.
The committee of 16 NSEA members interviewed three gubernatorial candidates and reviewed the candidates’ questionnaires before making its recommendation. The questionnaires, interviews and resulting recommendations focus solely on issues affecting education.
“I want to thank all of the candidates who participated in our recommendation process,” said Jenni Benson, president of the 28,000-member NSEA. “After our discussions with each candidate and careful consideration of the candidates’ positions on issues affecting children and education, Senator Bob Krist was the clear choice of the committee as a strong supporter of public education and education professionals.”
“I’m proud to accept the support of Nebraska teachers. Indisputable evidence-based metrics clearly demonstrate the advantages of early childhood education. As governor, I pledge to champion programs and funding that provide opportunities for all children, 0-21, regardless of geography or demographic barriers,” Krist said.
Krist also emphasized his disappointment with Gov. Ricketts’ veto of LB 998, introduced by Fremont Sen. Lynne Walz, that would have provided more mental and behavioral health services for school children.
“I do not understand the reasoning behind the governor’s decision. Frankly it seems like he’s totally out of touch with educators and parents who are struggling to meet the needs of children with mental health issues,” Krist said.
Under LB 998, social workers would work with local school personnel to identify children in need of help, then connect those children and their parents with community resources.
“It was not a veto related to the budget. In fact, the legislation called for private donations to cover the $3.6 million cost of the program for three years. It also would have ended the program in 2022 unless lawmakers acted to extend it. This was a bipartisan effort by a majority of senators led by Sen. Walz to raise private funds for mental health in rural schools, and Gov Ricketts said it was unnecessary,” Krist said.
All candidates were asked to participate in NSEA’s recommendation process. Governor Ricketts declined to participate. In addition to Sen. Krist, Krystal Gabel and Tyler Davis participated in the process. Vanessa Ward also did not participate.
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April 28, 2018