Sen. Al Davis, center, announces his proposal -- LB 280 -- to reduce reliance on property taxes to fund K-12 on Jan. 13 as OpenSky's Renee Fry and Dylan Grundman look on. OpenSky, others stand with Sen. Davis on LB 280

Property taxes will be lowered about $407 million statewide and cuts to schools and other key services will be avoided under LB 280 -- a bill introduced by Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis.
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Open-Sky-Report How Nebraska funds K-12 education

OpenSky's "Investing in Our Future: An Overview of Nebraska’s Education Funding System" helps break down the complex issue of K-12 funding in Nebraska in order to promote a dialogue on the vital issue of how we pay for our public schools.
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