Nebraska Schools Feel Squeeze in Special Education Funding

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nebraska schools are keeping a close eye on a state budget proposal to increase funding for special education, a growing expense that has forced them to divert money away from other priorities.

Gov. Dave Heineman has proposed a $29.6 million increase in special education funding in his two-year budget, a 5 percent annual bump.

Gordon-Rushville Public Schools Superintendent Merrell Nelsen says his district spends $992,000 on special needs services out of its $8.8 million annual budget.

Nelsen says those costs have risen, but state aid has remained largely flat. Lawmakers approved a $10 million increase last year, but it followed three straight years of flat-lined funding.

Nebraska state government gives schools about 50 cents for every $1 they spend on special-education teachers, transportation and training.

KOLN-TV Call: (402) 467-4321 Toll-free: 1-800-475-1011 840 North 40th Lincoln, NE 68503 Email: KGIN-TV Call: (308) 382-6100 123 N Locust Street Grand Island, NE 68802 Email: KSNB-TV Toll free 888-475-1011 123 N. Locust St. Grand Island, NE 68802 Email :
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 189559251 -
Gray Television, Inc.