Nebraska senators back bill to strengthen college readiness

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska school districts could receive reimbursement for preparing students for college and careers under a bill that cleared a first-round vote in the Legislature.

Senators voted 27-15 Monday to advance a broad education measure by Sen. Kate Sullivan of Cedar Rapids, which senators initially called a “clean-up bill” to clarify existing laws.

But Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha successfully tacked on another bill that had lacked support earlier in the session. The addition would designate $2 million to reimburse qualified school districts that offer college readiness programs like Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

Some senators worried the move would set a precedent for other senators to use amendments to revive bills that failed.

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