NORFOLK, NE — Stand For Schools shared its purpose and raised funds through a reception at the Norfolk Arts Center on Thursday.
The Lincoln-based non-profit strives to advance public education in the state by supporting policies it believes better serve students. Executive Director Ann Hunter-Pirtle says furthering public education is important because it touches ever challenge facing society.
“There’s nothing that we face that good public education can’t make better and there’s nothing that weak public education can’t make worse,” Hunter-Pirtle said.
Hunter-Pirtle points to Nebraska stats like having the second-highest high school graduation rate in the country and boasting one of the nation’s top ACT scores as evidence that public schools are strong in the state.
But, she says movements for school privatization could threaten the public system’s success.
“We’re seeing some really troubling messages coming out of certain policy-makers’ offices,” Hunter-Pirtle said. “So we think it’s an important time to remind folks that our public schools are great but we can’t take them for granted.”
The event was hosted by Norfolk Public Schools Board Member Tammy Day who also serves on the Stand for Schools board.