About 60% of Nebraska's property taxes are used to fund schools. We rely more on property taxes for education funding than 48 other states. This system creates inequities that impact children across the state. Areas with high property wealth spend twice as much per pupil, while areas with low property wealth rely more on state resources.
We need to tackle the important questions surrounding school funding and put them into actionable items. Both equity in spending and adequacy in school district support must be taken into account. We all want our children to receive the best education possible, and we have proven our commitment to this. Now, it's time for the state to prove its dedication to our children by relying less on property taxes.
Access & Quality
As Nebraskans, we can be proud of our school system. However, there are many children who still do not receive the education they should. Students from low-income families are 2 years behind by the time they reach 4th grade. Children living in poverty have a 22% drop out rate. We can do so much better.
Education inequality and inequity can be prevented, but we must work together to solve this problem. In addition to creating the most effective and accessible learning environments, we must collaborate with organizations from every sector of the community. With the Legislature's leadership and your dedication, we can encourage those with resources to help provide opportunities to others.
Jackie worked to combat inequality in education during her 7 years working with at-risk youth in school and community-based after-school and summer programs.
"The best anti-poverty program is a world-class education." - Barack Obama
Post High School
For many years, a high school education was sufficient to gain employment that could support a family. Times have changed.
We live in a global, highly mechanized economy. A high school education is no longer enough to be competitive. Providing publicly-funded two and four year programs increases employment opportunities and benefits Nebraska's economy. An educated workforce attracts businesses to our state and will help create more jobs.