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...Robert A. BlighMr. Bligh joined McPherson & Jacobson in 2001.Mr. Bligh is Legal Counsel for the Nebraska Association of School Boards, and has held that position since 1986.He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and earned a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Nebraska College of Law.Prior to joining NASB, Mr. Bligh served six years as Legal Counsel to the Nebraska Commissioner of Education and was a professor of Business Administration at Doane College for four years. Mr. Bligh
has lectured and published extensively over the last two decades on numerous school law topics including employee relations, board liability, administrative law, student rights, school district finance, federal statutes and regulations, and constitutional law.He
has coauthored three books on school law for Nebraska school districts and published the ADA Handbook for Public Schools in 1992. Mr. Bligh is the also Executive Secretary of the Nebraska Council of School Attorneys and serves as editor and publisher of its Nebraska School Law Reporter.In addition, Mr. Bligh is the creator of the annual Nebraska School Statutes on Disc (now marketed by LEXIS Law Publishers) and serves as the scope editor for its printed counterpart Nebraska Education Laws and for Federal Education Laws (both also produced annually for sale by LEXIS).
The author is Robert Bligh, ...
The author is Robert Bligh, who is former general counsel of the Nebraska Association of School Boards.
Bligh is not a fan of legislated school reform, specifically No Child Left Behind but extending as far back as Lyndon Johnson's Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
To reformers (although it's an important message for all to hear), Bligh
says, "Academic achievement gaps, robust and intractable, are well established long before the first day of kindergarten.
Those gaps are not caused by teachers and cannot be fixed by teachers."
To parents, he
says, "If you effectively raise your children before you send them to school, we can teach most of them.
If you do not, we cannot."
That's harsh, but Bligh
does not advocate giving up on children.
At the end of the blog, he
says, "I am convinced that the only people I want to be in charge of a K-12 classroom are those who believe that all children can be educated."
High court: Teacher hiring bonuses violate collective bargaining 12/14/02 - theindependent.com News
Association attorney Robert Bligh said the ruling would hurt schools, especially in remote areas.
"School boards are going to be faced with choosing between getting the people they need and paying way more than they need to for people they already have," he
said."When we use schools as a mechanism for satisfying the needs of adults as opposed to satisfying the needs of children, you end up with something like this." The American Federation of Teachers
said that Nebraska's average annual salary for beginning teachers is $24,356, which ranked 45th nationally in 2000-01 -- $4,630 less than the national average.
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Robert Bligh , legal counsel for the Nebraska Association of School Boards , said the vague manner in which the law is written gives school districts wide discretion.
I suppose the Legislature could have passed a list of detailed instructions , Bligh
said.As it is , there are no specific details about a bid process..
In the case of BPS
, the district's attorney , Dixon Adams , said he
interprets the law to mean that bids for construction jobs exceeding $40 , 000 do not necessarily have to be advertised in a newspaper or a trade journal.
Around here I've never seen it advertised in the paper , Adams said.
The Bellevue Board of Education does not lay out clear guidelines about when and where projects exceeding $40 , 000 are to be advertised.Rather , it typically leaves it up to each project's architect or engineer to decide when and where a project is advertised.
, from the association of school boards , said state law 73-106 applies only to a dozen or so school districts.He
said there are about 600 school districts in the state , and a vast majority will not have used this ( law ) in the last 25 years because most are small districts that can't afford construction jobs exceeding $40 , 000.He
said , however , when school boards do call him for advice on interpreting the law , he
generally offers the following advice :.
Do a mind experiment.Ask yourself , ‘What are the things that could come up.What are the critiques we could fall under?' Bligh said.He
said , again , that it falls upon individual districts to decide how to get the lowest prices on construction jobs.