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Legislative package aims to boost support for public schools

As reported by Martha Stoddard


LINCOLN — A group of education leaders and state senators called Monday for Nebraska to make education a priority for state funding, despite the state’s difficult budget situation. The group unveiled a suite of bills aimed at boosting support for public schools, easing property taxes and better serving Nebraska students.


Ann Hunter-Pirtle, executive director for Stand for Schools, a public school advocacy group, said the package responds to the challenges facing public schools, including an increase of students in poverty. “We have growing needs, shrinking budgets and an overreliance on local property taxes,” she said. “That exacerbates inequality, overburdens taxpayers and hurts our most vulnerable kids.”

Read more in the Omaha World-Herald.