Here in Nebraska, Legislators also took up the cause of Expanded Learning Opportunity programs during the just completed 2015 Legislative Session. LB 519 was signed into law – and included for the first time in Nebraska, a definition of Expanded Learning Opportunity programs (which was based largely on the Nebraska State Board of Education’s 2013 Policy Statement on ELOs) and created a grant program to support these programs in the future. Funding for these programs is set at 1% of the education funds generated by the State Lottery. This program will be implemented in the summer of 2016 and the Department is currently determining a process to take advantage of this new funding opportunity. Keep posted for further updates as this program is developed over the upcoming year.