Legislative Watch: Expanded Learning Legislation Moves Forward

In April, the Nebraska Legislature gave unanimous first round approval to Legislative Bill 519 which for the first time would define expanded learning opportunity programs (p. 35-38) in Nebraska and authorize a grant program to fund future activities in this area.

This proposed legislation, which is part of a larger package of programs that use the education funds generated by the sale of lottery tickets, would also provide the first ever state level funding to support afterschool and summer programs.  While there are two more votes, and a Governor’s signature, remaining before this bill becomes law (and funding wouldn’t be available until 2016), the prospects for passage look good, especially after it made it out of the first round without any opposing votes.

We encourage you to reach out to your legislator to show your support for this bill and we will update you on the progress of LB 519 as it makes its way through the Legislature.

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