Legislative Candidates Talk Support for Public, Private Education

BEATRICE – In the past couple of years, legislation has made the rounds to establish charter schools and provide public support for private schools.  The candidates running for the 30th District position in Nebraska this year, were asked about that and university budget support, during a forum Wednesday night.

Candidate Myron Dorn of Adams says he supports public schools.

:20                  “like that”

Candidate Joe Murray, of Firth says public education should be the state’s highest priority, but he points out nearly 40,000 children attend private schools or are home-schooled.

:17                  “support them”

Candidate Don Schuller, of rural Wymore says one problem is that the state of Nebraska is nearly dead last among states, in funding public education through state aid.

:09                  “public schools”

All three candidates taking part in a Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce forum expressed support for the University of Nebraska System, where budget cuts were curtailed by lawmakers.  Myron Dorn noted a four percent cut was reduced by about half, by legislators.

:11                  “system”

Don Schuller said deep cuts to the University could cause tuition to rise and keep students from getting a university education.

:11                  “our university”

Candidate Joe Murray says although he approved of a legislative committee reducing cuts to the university, he said the state still has to be mindful of overall spending.

:15                  “belts, as well”

Two of the three candidates running for the 30th District position advance to the November election.  The winner will take over for State Senator Roy Baker, who is retiring and not seeking a second term.

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