Heineman touts job-creation, education

In his year end column Governor Dave Heineman said Nebraska "has continued its focus on job creation in education."

Heineman said he attended ribbon-cuttings and economic development celebrations across the state, which he said are signs of continued growth.

Heineman also touted his focus on international trade, as Nebraska's first official trade office in China opened in 2013.

On the topic of education Heineman referred to a couple of his trips to central Nebraska as highlights that "mark the hard work of teachers, parents and the education community throughout our entire state."

"I was pleased to present Kearney High School teacher Kevin Witte with the prestigious Milken Educator Award. This award is considered the nation's preeminent teacher recognition program, having honored more than 2,500 teachers, principals and specialists coast to coast with 38 from Nebraska. Kevin symbolizes what's best in Nebraska education," Heineman wrote.

"I was also pleased to congratulate Hastings Middle School on being the first Nebraska school to receive the National Breakthrough School award. The goal of the award is to identify, recognize and showcase middle level and high schools that serve large numbers of students living in poverty and are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement. Hastings Middle School students' test scores have been progressively increasing over the last several years."

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