Grand Island, Neb., Mar 8, 2018 / 16:18 pm
A bill is being considered in Nebraska that would offer lower-income families a greater variety of educational opportunities. Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt of Grand Island is a major supporter of the bill, and has said every Nebraskan student deserves an opportunity to attend to the school of their choosing.
"Every single child in Nebraska deserves to go to a school of their choice, regardless of income. … Too many parents in our state lack true freedom of education choice," Bishop Hanefeldt wrote in a March 4 opinion piece for the Grand Island Independent.
"LB295 can begin to remedy some of this burden and injustice for Nebraska's low-income and working-class families seeking education choice."
Also known as the Opportunity Scholarships Act, the bill was introduced Jan. 11, 2017 to the Committee on Revenue by Republican Senator Jim Smith. The bill has been given a "priority designation," meaning it will likely be debated within the upcoming month.