Mental health services a concern in rural Nebraska schools

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — The president of Nebraska's public-school teachers' union says she's hearing concerns from rural schools about a lack of mental health services and state equalization aid.

The Star-Herald in Scottsbluff reports that many schools are also concerned about retaining qualified teachers, particularly in rural areas.

Nebraska State Education Association President Jenni Benson says she hopes to tackle those issues and others in the upcoming legislative session.

Benson says she heard the concerns during a statewide tour of Nebraska communities to learn about what support teachers and students need to succeed.

Benson says her association recently received a grant from the National Education Association to help. The association plans to visit Nebraska communities in the spring to determine schools' needs and how best to address them.