Education funding debate continues

The fight over how much is enough when it comes to school funding continues in the state legislature. It’s proposed to increase school funding by an average of 10-percent across the state. The fight is over how to fairly divide the money. Senator Lavon Heidemann of Elk Creek thinks Nebraska kids are lucky.
“When I look around this country I look at what states are having to do to their universities and their providers, and their schools – I’ve actually heard of states actually cutting state aide to education and over the next two years this state will increase state aide to education approximately $234 million.”
Others say the proposal is not fair. Senator Gwen Howard of Omaha says a school in her district with several Spanish speaking students provides help with English on Saturday mornings. That program would go away under this funding proposal.