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NE lawmakers to discuss charter schools bill

Posted: 6:18 AM, Mar 14, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-21 23:02:23Z

There’s division over education at the Nebraska state capitol. The hot topic, charter schools. Some say charter schools would benefit areas like north Omaha. Opponents say they are not the solution for education issues.

Spectrum like public, parochial and charter, but it's the word charter that's dividing people. State senator Tyson Larson introduced lB 630 called the ‘Independent Public Schools Act.  Charter schools could operate in a district with low-performing schools.  Charters use public funds but operate from an independent board.

Supporters say they’re an alternative for parents unhappy with a low performing school. But opponents say they take away support and resources needed for public schools. At noon, the activist group ‘stand for schools’ is hosting a demonstration on the west side of the capitol right before the bill's hearing. The education committee will hold the hearing at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday in Lincoln.