Joe Dejka


Joe covers education for The World-Herald, focusing on pre-kindergarten through high school. Phone: 402-444-1077.

In the Bennington Public Schools, residents will vote on a plan to keep up with growing enrollment. Among the projects would be a building a new middle school and buying land for a second high school. The spending in the Millard Public Schools would focus on existing schools, while the Springfield Platteview Community Schools is looking to build a new elementary school.

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Staff members reported concerns about the teacher's behavior with girls, but school officials never separated him and the student, or launched a formal investigation into his behavior. Despite that, a federal judge sided with OPS on a lawsuit alleging the school district violated the girl's constitutional rights to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX.

The final 2018-19 ratings show little change from the preliminary ratings released earlier this fall. But the Omaha Public Schools saw 12 schools jump a class from the preliminary ratings. The district’s overall rating of “needs improvement” did not change.

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