A child’s education is foundational to the success they will have later in life. It’s in their best interest to learn in environments and through programs that meet their individual needs. Parents know this.
Too often, though, parents are unable to seek the education that’s right for their child because of financial barriers.
Right now in Nebraska, many people give generously to private scholarship foundations. These foundations then distribute money to qualified students with financial needs to attend a non-public school. But for those who seek help, there often aren’t enough resources to meet the demand. In the 2018-2019 school year, Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha had 439 qualified students left unfunded due to lack of scholarship money.
Senators considered a bill that would help to incentivize increased giving to private scholarship organizations. How? Through a tax-credit. LB 670, the Opportunity Scholarships Act, would enact a tax credit for private donations to non-profit scholarship granting organizations.
More scholarships for students to receive a private education would reduce the burden on not only our public schools but also taxpayers. Iowa’s recent analysis of their 2006 enacted tax-credit scholarship program, demonstrated a net state savings of about $12 million annually.
Now is the time to support a parent’s right to decide where his or her child is best suited to receive a well-rounded, challenging and fulfilling education – be it in a public or private school – regardless of the family’s income status.
If you support educational choice, your representative needs to hear from you! Contact your state senator today and ask them to support LB 670, the Opportunity Scholarships Act.
Senators need to hear from you! Contact your senator to support educational choice in Nebraska and support LB 670.
Step 1: Identify your state senator
Wondering who is your senator? Enter your full address with zip code on this interactive map to find out.
Step 2: Look up contact info for your state senator
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|Arch, Johnemail@example.com||471-2730||La Vista||8th Floor|
|Bostelman, Brucefirstname.lastname@example.org||471-2719||Brainard||8th Floor|
|Brandt, Tomemail@example.com||471-2711||Plymouth||12th Floor|
|Cavanaugh, Machaelafirstname.lastname@example.org||471-2714||Omaha||11th Floor|
|Clements, Robertemail@example.com||471-2613||Elmwood||8th Floor|
|DeBoer, Wendyfirstname.lastname@example.org||471-2718||Bennington||11th Floor|
|Erdman, Steveemail@example.com||471-2616||Bayard||12th Floor|
|Geist, Suzannefirstname.lastname@example.org||471-2731||Lincoln||12th Floor|
|Gragert, Timemail@example.com||471-2801||Creighton||11th Floor|
|Groene, Mikefirstname.lastname@example.org||471-2729||North Platte||1306|
|Hansen, Benemail@example.com||471-2728||Blair||11th Floor|
|Hilkemann, Robertfirstname.lastname@example.org||471-2621||Omaha||13th Floor|
|Hunt, Meganemail@example.com||471-2722||Omaha||11th Floor|
|La Grone, Andrewfirstname.lastname@example.org||471-2725||Gretna||1206|
|Linehan, Lou Annemail@example.com||471-2885||Elkhorn||1305|
|Lowe, Johnfirstname.lastname@example.org||471-2726||Kearney||12th Floor|
|McDonnell, Mikeemail@example.com||471-2710||Omaha||13th Floor|
|Moser, Mikefirstname.lastname@example.org||471-2715||Columbus||12th Floor|
|Murman, Daveemail@example.com||471-2732||Glenvil||12th Floor|
|Pansing Brooks, Pattyfirstname.lastname@example.org||471-2633||Lincoln||1016|
|Quick, Danemail@example.com||471-2617||Grand Island||1406|
|Slama, Juliefirstname.lastname@example.org||471-2733||Peru||11th Floor|
|Wishart, Annaemail@example.com||471-2632||Lincoln||8th Floor|
CAPITOL MAILING ADDRESS
District # ________ State Capitol
PO Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509-4604
STEP 3: CALL, EMAIL, OR WRITE YOUR STATE SENATOR
Whether you call, email, or write, please be polite and respectful. Choose two or more bullet points from below to craft your own message.
Hello, my name is [Full Name] and I am from [City]. I am contacting you to ask that you support LB 670, the Opportunity Scholarships Act.
- Every child in Nebraska should have the opportunity to attend a school that best suits their individual, educational needs – regardless of their income.
- Parents should have more control over their child’s education than their zip code and the government.
- Many Nebraskans give generously to private scholarships because they believe in the value of private education. But the need far outweighs the supply.
- LB 670 will assist low-income and working-class families with scholarship opportunities by incentivizing increased private donations to scholarship granting organizations.
- Scholarship tax credit programs exist in 18 other states, including Iowa, South Dakota, and Kansas. These policies are proven to not only help children, but they provide savings to taxpayers.
- When a child is educated in an environment where they thrive – rather than get by or fall behind – everyone benefits.
Please support LB 670, the Opportunity Scholarships Act, to increase educational choice for low-income and working-class families. Thank you for your time and for considering my request.