Greater Nebraska Schools Association Standing Positions
- The Greater Nebraska Schools Association (GNSA) was formed in 1990 to advocate for state aid equalization and today includes twenty-four school districts serving two-thirds of Nebraska public school students, including two-thirds of the students that qualify for free/reduced price lunch, and eight of ten students who require English language learner services.
- The twenty-six member school districts are: Beatrice Public Schools, Bellevue Public Schools, Bennington Public Schools, Blair Community Schools, Columbus Public Schools, Elkhorn Public Schools, Fremont Public Schools, Gering Public Schools, Grand Island Public Schools, Gretna Public Schools, Hastings Public Schools, Kearney Public Schools, Lexington Public Schools, Lincoln Public Schools, McCook Public Schools, Millard Public Schools, Norfolk Public Schools, Norris Public Schools, North Platte Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools, Papillion-LaVista Public Schools, Plattsmouth Community Schools, Ralston Public Schools, Schuyler Community Schools, South Sioux City Community Schools, and Westside Community Schools.
- The mission of the GNSA today is to ensure educational excellence through equitable funding for all Nebraska public school students. To that end, GNSA will actively advocate for the continuation of existing laws and new legislation that reinforces the use of an equalization formula for determining state aid to education (needs minus local resources, equals state aid).
- Membership and participation in GNSA is shared equally between elected school board members and school district administrators.
- Standing positions of the GNSA include:
- Supports local control for educating all students.
- Supports legislation that broadens the tax base for: 1) support of public education, 2) equalized resources (tax base), and 3) assurances that all taxpayers will provide a fair shard in support of public education.
- Supports quality and comprehensive PreK-12 education.
- Supports legislation that ensures accountability by local school boards to their local stakeholders.
- Supports legislation that recognizes mandated programs should be fully funded.
- The GNSA stands ready and willing to provide information about member schools and education issues to senator(s), just ask!
Contact Executive Director Dr. Rob Winter at 785-577-4602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.