Bill would ax Learning Community


Sarpy County appears to want little to do with the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy counties.

While perhaps not as reliable as death and taxes, a bill to dissolve the Learning Community of Sarpy County was expected to be introduced this session as opponents continue to criticize its costs and question its accomplishments.

Four Sarpy County legislators — Bill Kintner and Jim Smith of Papillion, Scott Price of Bellevue and John Murante of Gretna — introduced legislation that would eliminate the educational cooperative after the next school year. The county's fifth representative, Sue Crawford of Bellevue, wasn't among the sponsors.

Legislative Bill 179 would dissolve the Learning Community effective July 1, 2014. Its property and records would be distributed to the member school districts, while remaining funds would be divided in proportion to the taxable valuation in district's boundaries.

The boundaries of all metropolitan area school districts would remain frozen except for changes agreed to among involved districts.

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the formula for school funding would be definite based upon the difference between various sources of income and corrections for proficiency, poverty, negative student growth and local choice.

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