Katie Linehan

Guest Blogger

Executive Director, Educate Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Katie Linehan was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She has spent more than a decade working with underserved youth, primarily in North and South Omaha, and most recently as a middle school teacher at Success Academy Charter School in Harlem, New York City. Prior to Success, Katie worked as a legislative aide for the vice chair of the education committee and former president of the state board of education, Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk.

Katie has been an advocate for meaningful education reform in Nebraska since 2010, launching multiple initiatives with that aim. Her other experience includes politics, law, living and working on three different continents, and volunteering with the Benson Area Refugee Task Force, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls Inc. of Omaha, and the Lincoln Humane Society.

Katie earned her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans and her law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

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Posted Mar. 28, 2017

Superintendent Search Reveals That Omaha Public Schools Just Can’t Seem to Get It Together

After receiving 33 applications from 19 different states, in February, Omaha Public Schools (OPS) announced three finalists for their soon-to-be…

By Katie Linehan

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Posted May 2, 2016

Before You Brag About Your Graduation Rates, Make Sure the Kids Are Learning

Nebraskans are proud of our state’s high school graduation rate, which, at 89.7 percent, is the second highest in the…

By Katie Linehan

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Posted Jan. 13, 2016

Omaha in Black and White: The President’s Opportunity to Address Ongoing Disparity

Today, President Obama will visit Omaha. This will be the president’s first visit to Nebraska since taking office in 2008.…

By Katie Linehan

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Posted Apr. 23, 2015

No Apologies for Setting High Expectations

At my school, we believe every child can succeed through hard work and determination. I teach my students that consistent,…

By Katie Linehan

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Posted Apr. 13, 2015

Nebraska Must Do Better for Kids

Recently, the Nebraska Department of Education submitted a last-minute application for a waiver from the 2001 No Child Left Behind…

By Katie Linehan

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

I’ve Been Teaching for 12 Years and I Love My Job But We’ve Got to Change Some Things

This week, I had a conversation with a colleague about a common topic for teachers at this point in the school year—exhaustion. This is my…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

It’s Non-Negotiable. We Have to Teach Social Justice in Our Schools.

In a recent article, J. Martin Rochester, a professor of political science at the University of St. Louis-Missouri, raised concerns about teaching social justice in…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 5, 2017

Is Integration Your Silver Bullet? Time to Get Real.

Hey, guess what? That whole school reform thing? They’ve figured it out. That’s right, it turns out all students can achieve, excel academically and grow…

By Tanesha Peeples

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