Members of the Nebraska City Rotary Club learned how to advocate for public schools during their weekly meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Eagles Club at 600 1st Corso.
Dr. Keith Rohwer, former Nebraska City Public Schools superintendent, spoke to the club about his new role as an ambassador for the Nebraska Council of School Administrators.
Rohwer said he and two other retired superintendents, Kyle McGowan and Cinde Wendell,  travel the state, sharing the good news about what’s going on in Nebraska public schools.
Rohwer began his presentation by asking the audience to identify some of the challenges facing public schools, then he asked audience members how they would respond to those challenges.
Some of the challenges the audience identified were funding, school safety, parental involvement in schools, how the United States ranks internationally with public education, and alternative programming for students who cannot succeed in a traditional classroom setting.
Rohwer told the audience about additional challenges facing the state’s public schools, including a 113 percent increase in the number of English Language Learners in the state’s student population in the past 17 years.
Rohwer noted that at Lincoln High School along, 30 languages are spoken by members of the student body.
Nebraska Public Schools Advantage, an organization that promotes the benefits of public education state-wide, has  begun a series of public service announcements and short films that share some of what’s going on in public schools across Nebraska.
These films can be seen at http://nelovesps.org.
The films “give you a flavor of the different activities at Nebraska public schools,” said Rohwer.
The Nebraska City Rotary Club meets at noon Wednesdays at the Eagles Club, 600 1st Corso. Guests pay $9 for lunch.