School Funding Discussed in Hastings Hearing

HASTINGS (AP) - Nebraska's school aid formula has been panned and praised at a hearing in Hastings. School officials, lobbyists and other taxpayers attended Wednesday's hearing by the state Education Committee. Grand Island Public Schools business director Virgil Harden says the state formula is working as intended, with tax-rich districts getting less aid than those with fewer or lower local sources of tax revenue. Adams County farmer Doug Saathoff says the funding formula isn't fair to farmers and ranchers, who carry the local burden. Saathoff says the farmers and ranchers may be rich in land but not necessarily in income.