Governor Pete Ricketts came under a bit of fire late last week after making comments in which he repeatedly referred to Nebraska’s public schools as “government schools.”

“This is Nebraska, not Russia. They are called public schools for a reason,” said Jenni Benson, president of the 28,000-member Nebraska State Education Association. “Nebraska has excellent, fiscally responsible public schools that are accountable to voters. We have local control and local school boards that are elected by local taxpayers. Furthermore, an overwhelming majority of children attend our public schools. All children are welcome to attend and be served by our public schools.”

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