Policy group visits Sidney to explain public school funding


Ryan Hermens

Tiffany Joekel presented on school funding at a Sidney Rotary Club meeting.

Equations for public education funding vary among states and can be complicated.

A Lincoln-based, non-partisan policy institute is hoping to pull the veil back.

On Monday, representatives from the Open Sky Policy Institute stopped into Sidney to explain the state's school finance policy at a Rotary Club meeting.

Tiffany Joekel, the organization's policy director, said her group compiles data and research for lawmakers and citizens to use as tools.

Earlier this year, Nebraska legislators passed a budget that only grew by 3.5 percent – the third-lowest growth in 30 years, she said.

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