Nebraska bishop promotes scholarship bill for school choice

Catholic News Agency | 3/8/2018 | Staff
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Grand Island, Neb., Mar 8, 2018 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bill is being considered in Nebraska that would offer lower-income families a greater variety of educational opportunities. Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt of Grand Island is a major supporter of the bill, and has said every Nebraskan student deserves an opportunity to attend to the school of their choosing.

“Every single child in Nebraska deserves to go to a school of their choice, regardless of income. … Too many parents in our state lack true freedom of education choice,” Bishop Hanefeldt wrote in a March 4 opinion piece for the Grand Island Independent.

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“LB295 can begin to remedy some of this burden and injustice for Nebraska’s low-income and working-class families seeking education choice.”

Also known as the Opportunity Scholarships Act, the bill was introduced Jan. 11, 2017 to the Committee on Revenue by Republican Senator Jim Smith. The bill has been given a “priority designation,” meaning it will likely be debated within the upcoming month.

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The bill would enable individuals and corporations to qualify for a tax credit equal to the amount of their donation to a non-profit, scholarship-granting organization. By increasing the opportunity for tax breaks, the bill aims to motivate donations for private school scholarships.

“In other words, the Opportunity Scholarships Act incentivizes private donations to be directed toward scholarship opportunities for families in need,” said Bishop Hanefeldt.

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