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School choice divides educators, lawmakers

Choice rally, public schools fires back
Posted at 6:30 AM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 08:09:37-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV)  - The debate on school choice continues to divide educators and lawmakers.

According to Executive Director Katie Linehan of Educate Nebraska, hundreds are expected to attend a rally on the steps of the capitol Thursday morning for a school choice rally including openly supportive Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Advocates around the country designated this week as "School Choice Week."

However, the Omaha metro and across the state saw public schools push back hard recently on social media platforms.

On Wednesday, many area teachers, students and supporters wore shirts reading, "I Love Public Schools" while also using it for a hashtag.

Both sides are keeping a watchful eye on the unicameral at the moment.

Lawmakers in the revenue committee voted 5-3 for LB 295 to be available for debate during its shorter session. It would tackle tax credit for donations given to parochial and private school scholarships. 

Choice advocates say they  believe every child should be able to attend the best school for him or her despite income or zip code. But, public school supporters say Nebraska supports the idea through private, parochial and open enrollment within school districts in the state.