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Updated February 10, 2018
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Pros
  • Good benefits, many updates to buildings (in 6 reviews)

  • I love working with kids, especially ones that come from disadvantaged backgrounds (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of support from all levels of administration (in 3 reviews)

  • School board serves as puppets to wealthy local financial backers (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Omaha Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Teaching at OPS offers cultural diversity.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything that I would consider a con.


  2. "Para"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Omaha Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Easy work
    Good mix of students

    Cons

    Terrible administrative overhead - too much red tape

  3. "OPS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Omaha Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, many updates to buildings

    Cons

    Frustrating school board, spotty support system

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Paraprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Omaha Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They have great benefits. Insurance, retirement, sick days/personal days. And you get to work with some great kids.

    Cons

    The only con is your pay is divided into 12 month. We don’t work summers so paychecks are smaller because pay is distributed into 12 checks.


  5. "Omaha Public Schools"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Omaha Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The district tries to both honor and respect diversity.

    Cons

    This district has moved away from the family and community feel and runs more like a business.


  6. "Art Educator"

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    Current Employee - Art Educator in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Art Educator in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Omaha Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    District is committed to good art education for all students in all buildings.

    Cons

    District is too big to have equitable teaching conditions in all buildings. Some assignments are much harder than others in terms of numbers of students taught and/or difficulty teaching certain populations.

    Advice to Management

    Allow teachers who teach in inner city, low socioeconomic for many years to move elsewhere in the district. There is chronic stress teaching this population and contributes greatly to teacher burnout.


  7. "OPS District"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Teacher in Omaha, NE
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Omaha Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The teachers are compassionate and care about their students. Lots of experimentation with schools that focus on the arts or sciences.
    OPS. Has Higher paying teacher salaries compared to surrounding Nebraska districts.
    They hire security guards so teachers do not have to take on that role in addition to teaching. These days, I see that as a plus to creating a sense that someone is there to keep teachers and kids safe.

    Cons

    The district is large and top heavy with administrators. The left hand does not always know what the right hand is doing.

    District test results struggle compared to the neighboring districts.

    Sometimes I felt like I was filling out paperwork to justify someone else's job without any real tangible benefit to the students. That time could have been spent developing materials and activities that do directly benefit students.

    It would have been nice if I had not been forced into paying to join the NEA and had been given an alternative professional organization to chose from.

    Disclaimer: this review is from many years ago and some of these experiences may not reflect current practices under the current leadership.
    This app. Would not allow me to put the correct year in so I'll just say it was closer to 2000 that these comments reflect.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on action research generated and conducted by classroom teachers to generated change that directly benefits students.

    Put materials teachers can access to create class materials in each building instead of asking teachers to drive to a center all building downtown to retrieve supplies.

    While I understand it's cost effective to have the materials centrally located.... Teachers can meet students needs faster.. and the line of inspiration to reality in the classroom will have a faster turnaround. Some of the materials could be distributed to individual buildings.

    Here's an example of what I mean:

    - after years of teaching I have learned that the ability to respond to students dynamic situations as quickly as possible can really help make a difference. If I pick up that my students wished they were playing candy land... and I show up with a candy land like game that I made for them the next day.... the buy in to my lessons is higher because they know I'm listening to them. Having materials at hand that I can whip up asap really makes the difference in my ability to respond to my students quickly.
    That's one week of investment on learning what I need then to learn so they can play the game...tailor made for them. That time is lost if I have to go to another building and am limited to certain hours of being able to use those materials in an approved location and they don't get the game for a week or so.

  8. "Vice Principal"

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    Former Employee - Vice Principal in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Vice Principal in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Omaha Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people dedicated to helping kids

    Cons

    Too big! Not enough support for special needs programs

    Advice to Management

    Work at growing leaders from within


  9. "OPS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Omaha Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The majority of the people that work within the schools are caring and dedicated.

    Cons

    The leadership and direction at The TAC building is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen and value your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "If its part time...better have a second job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Omaha Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with kids. This position is easy, except when its not. Get your own office.

    Cons

    Part time staff are kept only one hour short of a full time, and have absolutely no benefits. No paid summers, and or breaks (only paid for 173 days of the year. The paychecks are awful, I get kicked, spit at, at hit on a regular basis. This position is easy, except when its not.

    Advice to Management

    Hold children who harm staff accountable, and don't forget the little guy you are supervising.


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