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Welcome to Schools 101! As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to cultivating an informed electorate, we have put together some of the basic facts about K-12 education in Nebraska. Below you will find videos, links and resources that give an overview of K-12 education in Nebraska as well as more detailed information about four topics: who attends our schools (students); who works in our schools (teachers, staff and administrators); what pays for our schools (funding); and what guides our schools (curriculum).

Center on Education Policy. (2020). History and evolution of public education in the US.  

Center on Education Policy. (2020). For the common good: Recommitting to public education in a time of crisis.

Cornman, S.Q., Phillips, J.J., Howell, M.R., and Zhou, L. (2022). Revenues and expenditures for public elementary and secondary education: FY 20 (NCES 2022-301). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved [date] from

Hanson, M. (2021, December 27). Average cost of private school,, 

Kruska, R. (2008). Financial models in Catholic education. LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations (258). 

Lincoln Public Schools. (2022). 2021-2022 Budget information and financial history.  

National Center for Educational Statistics (2021). Characteristics of private schools in the United States: Results from the 2019-20 Private School Universe Survey.  

National Center for Education Statistics. (2022). Public School Expenditures. Condition of Education. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.  

Nebraska Department of Education. (2021). Nebraska public schools state snapshot. [Dashboard]. Retrieved from 

Nebraska Department of Education. (2021). Statistics and facts about Nebraska schools 2020-2021. 

Nebraska Department of Education. (2021). Nebraska education profile. Retrieved from

Nebraska Department of Education, Exempt School Program Offices (2021). A report on participants in Nebraska exempt schools 2019/20 school year. 

Nebraska Department of Education School Finance & Organization Services. (2021, April 26). Cost per pupil by average daily attendance (ADA) and by average daily membership (ADM). 

National Education Association. (2022). 2021 Rankings and estimates report. Retrieved from 

National Park Service. (2015, April 10). Freeman School. 

Omaha Public Schools. (n.d.). Budget Overview.

Private School Review. (n.d.). Nebraska private high schools by tuition cost. 

SchmidtBonne, S. (2021). Class size and pupil-teacher ratio: Fall 2020. Omaha Public Schools.

Scottsbluff Public Schools. (2021, August 30). Annual Budget Hearing.  

United State Census Bureau. (2021, May 18). Public school spending per pupil increases by largest amount in 11 years. 

U.S. Department of Education. (2005). Education in the United States: A brief overview.

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