Advocating for State Support for Expanded Learning Opportunities

On November 19th, the Nebraska Legislature’s Education Committee held a public forum to hear ideas concerning future uses of proceeds of the State Lottery that are designated for education.  Current regulations governing the use of these education funds expire in July 2016 and the Legislature is considering options for future investments, which totaled approximately $16.7 million in 2013-14.

Beyond School Bells Lead Jeff Cole presented committee members with a draft copy of an interim study we conducted in partnership with the University of Nebraska’s Public Policy Center on Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) in Nebraska. In his testimony, Jeff urged the Senators to consider future state support for high quality ELO initiatives powered by school-community partnerships.  Nicole Everingham from Omaha’s Collective for Youth, which coordinates programming for low income youth in 29 school based sites in Omaha, also testified about the important role that the school-community partnerships play in providing youth with enriching afterschool and summer learning opportunities.

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