Gov. Jim Pillen will sign a proclamation Tuesday to declare Jan. 22-28 as National School Choice Week in Nebraska.

Nebraska is one of two states that has not passed a school choice program, providing some assistance — a scholarship, tax break or something similar – for families who choose to send children to a private school

At Pillen’s request, Sen. Lou Ann Linehan has introduced the Opportunity Scholarships Act, LB 753, this session. The bill would allocate $25 million in tax credits to eligible organizations that grant scholarships to children wishing to attend private school.

Pillen said the program prioritizes children who are at the 100% poverty line. Also, children with special needs, in foster care, and have experienced bullying would be among the first for consideration of a school-choice scholarship.

Other tiers of eligibility will be based on available funds, Pillen said.  

The proclamation signing is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. The governor will be joined by supporting state senators as well as students and educators from:

  • Cedar Catholic High School in Hardington
  • Jesuit Academy in Omaha 
  • Omaha Street School
  • Sacred Heart School in Omaha 
  • St. Anthony’s Elementary School in Columbus
  • St. Joseph Catholic School, Beatrice
  • Sts. Peter and Paul, Omaha
  • St. Wenceslaus Catholic School in Wahoo

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