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Lawmakers approve Learning Community changes

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Posted at 4:31 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 17:38:57-04
Nebraska state lawmakers approved changes to the controversial Learning Community.
 
The bill passed Wednesday would get rid of the common levy. That means each of the 11 school districts in Douglas and Sarpy County would be responsible for its own funding. It also changes the makeup of the Learning Community board and changes open enrollment to optional enrollment. That would allow students to go to other area schools, but would not force districts to provide transportation. 
 
If signed by Governor Pete Ricketts, it goes into effect the fall of next year.
 
The legislature created the Learning Community in 2006, in part as a compromise to legal fights over school district boundaries. It's funding funneled more money to less well-off districts like Omaha Public Schools.
Papillion-La Vista school officials tell KMTV they've been trying to change elements of it since 2007. They say they're happy with today's vote which they say preserves the good things the Learning Community is doing, like helping children in need.