Nebraska State Education Board Race Features Incumbent, Newcomer

BEATRICE – The race for the Fifth District Nebraska State Education Board seat features a veteran member, against a newcomer

Patricia Timm, of Beatrice is a former local school board member appointed to the state board by former Governor Mike Johanns.  She’s been on the board since, serving twice as Chairperson.

Maris Bentley, of Plattsmouth, is a former teacher and school counselor, and describes herself as a “fiscal conservative”.

Asked what the state board does well and could improve upon, Timm noted that partnerships are important.

:17                  “right size, shoes”

Bentley says an important role of the state board is curriculum revision, dictating what is taught in schools.

:11                  “this fall”

During a Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce forum Tuesday night, the candidates were asked about setting rules for both urban and rural school districts. Timm said the state board meets with several organizations that represent rural and urban schools.

:25                  “advanced placement”

Bentley said one size doesn’t fit all, regarding mandates from federal and state government on education.

:26                  “of education”

Both candidates spoke in support of the idea of adding a student member to the Nebraska State Board of Education. Bentley says a student advisory board may be a good idea.  The issue of charter schools was put before the candidates.  Bentley saying…

:20                  “their income”

Timm says she strongly supports public schools, in Nebraska.

:44                  “our public schools”

Bentley pointed out that she’s been endorsed by Governor Pete Ricketts and Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, as well as Nebraska Right to Life.  Timm said she’s focusing on development of a ten-year plan that emphasizes helping students to be college and career-ready, providing them as many opportunities as possible.

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