Lawmakers examine funding options for K-12 schools

Aug 2, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Members of the Legislature's Education Committee are weighing different funding options for K-12 schools, including a suggestion to let districts impose a local sales tax.

The committee met on Thursday as part of its ongoing study of the funding formula that determines state aid for schools.

The formula seeks to fill the gap between school district needs and what each can generate locally through property taxes. State aid for schools has led to recent conflicts between smaller and larger districts.

Senator Jim Scheer of Norfolk says the state may want to consider letting school districts impose a local sales tax, which would let them fill more of their own needs. Current law lets districts generate revenue through property taxes.

Scheer says he may introduce a bill when lawmakers reconvene.

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