The education bill that some say would take money away from Nebraska schools returns
LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – The Opportunity Scholarships Act is once again dividing lawmakers, educators and families across Nebraska.
Legislative Bill 753 would give a tax credit to people who donate to organizations that give scholarships, which proponents say would help low-income and working-class students.
It was discussed in previous legislative sessions where opponents called it unnecessary and said it would take away state funding intended for public schools.
This measure, introduced by Senator Lou Ann Linehan at the request of Governor Jim Pillen, limits the amount of tax credits a taxpayer can receive to no more than half of his or her state income tax.
Donations would go to programs that cover tuition and fees for low-income students attending private schools.
During the last legislative session, Senator Linehan announced that this would help more than 1,000 Nebraska families find a school that is right for them.
The Nebraska Catholic Conference has previously supported the effort stating, “Parents have the right to choose a school for their children that matches their beliefs and should have real freedom in choosing schools.”
Opponents like Senator Megan Hunt worry that LGBTQ+ students could receive unfair treatment saying, “I think there’s clearly no desire to approve funds for private schools that can legally discriminate against children.”
Others have argued that this bill would not create opportunities in areas of our state that don’t have private schools.
A hearing on LB753 will be held this Friday in room 1524, starting at 1:30pm
Governor Pillen’s office says he will be present and plans to testify.
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