Katie Linehan

Guest Blogger

Executive Director, Educate Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Katie Linehan in the Deputy Communications Director for the American Federation for Children, an educational choice advocacy organization, and has been involved in multiple initiatives to expand school choice to her home state of Nebraska. She spent more than a decade working with underserved youth, primarily in North and South Omaha, and as a middle school teacher at Success Academy Charter School in Harlem, New York City.

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.

RECENT POSTS

Posted July 2, 2018

Teachers Deserve School Choice Too

Social media has changed the way we see and interact with the world. For many, friends and follower lists are…

By Katie Linehan

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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. 5, 2019

We Were Making Progress on School Discipline Until Betsy DeVos Came Along

At the turn of the century, in 1999, I was graduating from high school, motivated to enter the teaching profession with a passion to reform…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

When Disney’s ‘Frozen II’ Represents Indigenous Peoples Better Than Elementary Schools, There’s a Problem

As I sat with my 7-year-old daughter and her friends in a movie theater for a showing of “Frozen II,” I was fascinated. No, it wasn’t…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Dec. 3, 2019

Stop Arguing About ‘Equity’ and Focus on Student Outcomes

There’s a major force in the education world that has attempted to claim ownership over the term “equity.” From tweets questioning the value of literacy…

By Jasmine Lane

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