School choice bill gets initial OK, changes likely
The latest version of school choice has survived its first battle in the Nebraska Legislature this year, but the war appears far from over.
A bill that would set aside millions of dollars in tax credits to organizations that provide scholarships to private schools got initial approval today after there were just enough votes—33 to 12—to end a three day filibuster.
Prior to the vote State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, who is shepherding the bill for Gov. Jim Pillen, told her fellow lawmakers that she expects changes to the legislation going forward.
While critics see the bill (LB753) as an economic drain on public schools, supporters say the scholarships would prioritize families that can’t afford to send their kids to private schools.
The bill would cost the state an estimated $93 million over the next three years.