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Occupation: Professor, Midland University; teacher, Learning for All



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Adrian Petrescu


Public offices held: Secretary of delegation, delegation of Parliament of Romania to NATO Parliamentary Assembly, 1991-95; diplomatic counselor, Parliament of Romania, 1991-95; adviser, Constitutional Assembly of Romania, 1991

Military service: None in the U.S. but served as a reservist in the Romanian army

Education: Doctor of philosophy, economics of science and technology for innovation, University of Pittsburgh, 2003; juris doctor, law, litigation certificate, Creighton University, 2016; master of arts, economics-finance, NSPSA, Bucharest Romania, 1993; master of science, engineering, Politehnica University, Bucharest, 1989

Family: Married, one adult daughter

Faith: Orthodox Christian

What is your top priority? “Facilitate true equity in education of our children and lifelong learning for all Nebraskans in a fiscally responsible way. Every child deserves to be nurtured to self-trust to have her or his curiosity satisfied and beliefs supported and to achieve their fullest potential in life.

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College Common App Drops Question About Discipline, Citing Racial Disparities

The Common Application is scrapping a question that asks applicants to reveal whether they have been subject to disciplinary action in high school, aiming to eliminate what it says could be an obstacle for Black students considering college.

For more than a decade, the application—submitted by more than 1 million students to more than 900 colleges and universities—requested that students disclose whether they’d been found responsible for a “disciplinary violation.” That could be academic or behavioral misconduct, and would have led to probation, suspension or expulsion.

After a deep dive into its own data earlier this year, funded by a Gates Foundation grant, the Common App found that Black applicants marked “yes” more than twice as often as white applicants. Black women were three times as likely as white women to say they’d been disciplined. And those who did give affirmative responses submitted applications at a lower rate.

“It’s clearly

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