RALLY to Support Our Public Schools
Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m., State Capitol North Steps


No voucher schemes: Not in Nebraska

LB 753 is just another voucher scheme that would force You to pay for private schools.

Why it's bad

LB 753 is expensive

These tax credits benefit corporations and the wealthy while shifting the burden of funding critical programs and services — like public health and safety and affordable housing — to less affluent taxpayers. Its dollar-for-dollar tax credit to individuals and businesses creates a significantly more lucrative incentive than the state offers for any other type of charitable giving, including churches, food banks and cancer research. The first-year limit on the total amount of vouchers is $25 million, and the cost to Nebraska’s general fund will likely grow exponentially, as it has in other states, to nearly $250 million a year in just 10 years.

LB 753 does not help all children

In Nebraska, 9 in 10 students attend our public schools. Voucher tax schemes like LB 753 funnel money away from our already-underfunded public schools and children and redistribute tax dollars to private schools, including those that discriminate against children and their families. Research shows that school vouchers do not improve students' academic performance and they fail to support disabled and special-needs students.

School voucher schemes are unaccountable

Private schools that receive funding under LB 753 would not be held to the same accountability and reporting requirements as public schools, as only minimal academic standards are required for schools to be eligible. This lack of oversight and accountability will leave students, their families, and the state in a precarious position with no ability to gauge whether the funds are being used effectively or appropriately.

Nebraska already ranks 49th in the nation in state aid to public schools. LB 753 would make this even worse and put more pressure on property taxes.
Private education should continue to be privately funded. Taxpayer dollars should be invested in strengthening our public schools, which are open to all children, subject to state curriculum standards, and supported by the vast majority of Nebraskans in annual polls.

Tell your State Senator to Vote NO on LB 753

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