Push Continues for Charter Schools in Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb.-- Omaha state Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh says there will be another effort to pass charter school legislation in the session beginning in January, but the bill won't come from him. He's leaving his seat at the end of the year because of term limits.

In the past two years, Lautenbaugh has twice introduced legislation to allow charter schools, only to see the bills die in committee.

Lautenbaugh says he believes another Omaha senator will take over his effort when the new session begins in January. Americans for Prosperity -- the conservative anti-tax, small-government group -- says the issue is one of its top priorities for Nebraska and will work with state lawmakers to again push for charter school legislation.

State Sen. Ernie Chambers has vowed to fight any renewed effort.