NSEA Supports Structure, Funding of ESUs in Interim Study

When the Legislature’s Education Committee OK’d a study of the “structure, duties, current projects and financing” of the state’s Educational Service Units, NSEA responded. The interim study was proposed by Omaha Sen. Lou Ann Linehan.

NSEA President Jenni Benson cited a recent contact with an NSEA member as an example of work performed by ESU staff.

“Just this week, one of NSEA’s field representatives tried to schedule a meeting with a speech pathologist at the ESU in Neligh,” Benson wrote in a letter to the committee.

“Our field staffer encountered the usual issue: it’s difficult to set a meeting with a moving target. The pathologist was scheduled at four schools over two days this week. Even though many ESU staff travel frequently in this manner, they remain committed to providing excellent service to Nebraska kids. Further, that four districts are able to share services of a speech pathologist through the ESU umbrella is a wonderful example of how the ESUs work.”

Benson said “NSEA firmly supports continuance of the outstanding service offered by our 19 regional ESU’s. Additional state aid should be allocated so that they may expand capacity, enhance the efficiency of local school districts, and improve learning opportunities for all Nebraska kids.”

Testimony gathered during interim hearings can affect legislation in the future.