Proposed Nebraska Health Education Standards Likely Dead

     It appears the Nebraska State Board of Education is giving up, at least for now, on developing new state health education standards.

      A draft version of the standards drew a firestorm of protests earlier this year and the state board committee working on them since April decided Monday to recommend tabling this issue at the time.

       Committee Chair Lisa Fricke said in a letter to state Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt that her panel will submit a formal recommendation for action Friday when the board of education wraps up its 2-day meeting.

      Fricke said the committee recognized the concerns and objections raised at the board’s August meeting as well as requests from officials at both public and private schools that efforts on the health education standards be postponed.

      Fricke said tabling the standards will give the state board a chance to review its engagement process with school leaders and other stakeholders. 

      The committee recommendation also calls for leaving the health education standards issue on the shelf until after the COVID pandemic is over and a majority of the state board votes to bring it back. 

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