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Bill could mean challenges for rural school districts

LB 601 would prohibit immediate family of board members from working at same district


A bill set to be discussed by the Nebraska Legislature’s Education Committee on Tuesday would prohibit a school board member and an immediate family member from being employed at the same school district. School officials throughout the state are concerned about the legislation’s consequences for rural communities.

Jennifer Jorgensen, legal counsel for the Nebraska School Boards Association, said her organization is opposed to the bill.

“There’s not a lot of people who are in the smaller districts,” she said. “It’s going to be common that somebody on the board also has a famil...

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