Last legislative session, we analyzed hundreds of new bills and sorted civil rights priorities into our top categories. As bills are introduced during this year's legislative session, we will share which bills we have identified as top priorities or top threats. As state senators face key issues, we need them to make the right choices and your advocacy can help.
DISCIPLINE AND DISCRIMINATION
Federal data shows Black students and students with disabilities are far more likely to be subjected to physical restraint and exclusionary discipline than their peers. Nebraska’s students of color and students with disabilities are also significantly overrepresented in school law enforcement referrals, a trend fueling the state's school-to-prison pipeline.
ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY
State senators can also ensure better, more equitable access to education by passing legislation addressing remote instruction and banning public colleges and universities from considering a person’s criminal record for purposes of admission. Higher education institutions regularly ask about an individual’s criminal record, which then has a chilling effect – often discouraging those individuals from completing the application even long after they have completed their sentence or paid their fine. Addressing this barrier will not only increase educational opportunities, but also provide a fairer shot at a better life for thousands of Nebraskans.
About this series
These lists are not exhaustive and only reflect bills we've identified as top priorities or top threats from the 2021 legislative session that have carried over into the new year. We encourage you to find your senator and tell them your priorities.