Sen. Scheer to Introduce School District Alliance Bill

NORFOLK - The second session of the 103rd Nebraska Legislature convenes today, and Norfolk State Senator Jim Scheer has been busy crafting legislative proposals to introduce.  Scheer says one bill he will introduce this session will create alliances among existing Nebraska school districts with fewer than 650 students. The intent of the bill is to facilitate greater use of digital learning and technology to improve student learning. Scheer says schools in the alliance would use the same school calendar and the same daily time schedule to accommodate sharing resources.  Scheer says geography will not limit or dictate which districts may align. For instance, a school district in the Panhandle could join an alliance that includes a school district in Northeast Nebraska.  Scheer says rural students should not be second-class students. They should receive the same class options as students in large districts.