Education Main Focus of Tuesday's Legislative Session

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Education took center stage at the legislature Tuesday afternoon as a series of bills went before committees. There were five bills in a hearing Tuesday afternoon in the education committee.

The main focus transitioning high school kids for college.

Senator Beau McCoy proposed his bill (LB826) to conduct a study and report recommendations to implement a career technical education incentive program in the state. Essentially, training high school kids into a skilled workforce to fill high-need jobs.

Sen. McCoy says Nebraska needs these types of jobs to sustain its growth.

"I think it's something in some ways we can be proud of the fact that we do have the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country, but that creates a workforce shortage as well," said McCoy.

Sen. Jim Smith introduced his bill (LB 754) calling for two million dollars to be used as grants awarded by the State Department of Education to assist school districts in evaluating and improving career education programs to help with the state's economic and workforce needs.

Another bill by Sen. Amanda McGill (LB1106) would give tuition assistance to high school students enrolling in dual-credit courses as part of an approved career academy. Lincoln Public Schools already has an academy and is in the process of constructing a building to help those kids.