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LB295: Opportunity Scholarship Act

Opportunity Scholarships Act Advances From Committee For the First Time Ever May 23, 2017 -- After more than a decade of trying, the Opportunity Scholarships Act (LB 295) has advanced out of comm… Read More.


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NCC Position Statement: 9/16/1996

Nebraska Parents who educate their children in non-government schools for religious or other reasons should be able to:

  • Exercise, without economic penalty, their parental rights and responsibilities to choose the education they deem best for their children
  • Obtain economic recognition for the substantial cost savings they provide the State and its governmental subdivisions by educating their children in non-government schools
  • Freely exercise their religious preferences in educating their children, regardless of their financial situation
  • Exercise choice and promote competition, thereby strengthening the State’s government and non-government schools

Parents are not being treated fairly under the present educational finance system.  All parents are subject to the State’s mandate to educate their children, but are provided free instruction only in government schools. This creates an economic burden on parents who choose to meet the State’s mandate by providing their children with education in non-government schools.

The inequitable treatment of parents choosing non-government schools fails to recognize the cost savings they provide the State of Nebraska, and fails to promote their freedom in fulfilling their responsibility to provide the instruction they deem best for their children. Moreover, in those many instances where the parents are financially unable to assume the added financial burden, their choice is effectively denied.

Accordingly, the present system needs to be modified in order to meet the above objectives and provide a fair and equitable system for the education of Nebraska children.


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This is what LB364, the Opportunity Scholarships Act, is all about – giving kids and families the opportunity to change their story, to break a cycle of poverty, to thrive and be grateful for a better education. The legislation serves families that qualify for free and reduced lunch, and nothing in LB364 reduces funding for Nebraska’s public schools.

For over a decade, the NCC has supported legislation to help bring educational opportunities to low-income families. As Catholics, we believe that parents have the right to choose a school for their children which corresponds to their convictions and that they should have true liberty in their choice of schools.

The staff at the NCC reviews every single piece of legislation which is introduced. We look at all these bills and determine whether they pertain to our major subject matter areas of concern: life and human dignity; marriage and family; education; social and human development; and the church as an institution.

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