- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Legislature passed a bill Wednesday to end a common tax levy for 11 school districts in and around Omaha.

The Omaha World-Herald says (https://bit.ly/23vxB8l ) the bill would maintain the Learning Community structure and its programs, including two elementary learning centers and several early childhood education programs. It would require the districts to work together to raise educational achievement among all metro-area students.

But it would get rid of the controversial common levy, starting in 2017, and sever the financial ties among the 11 districts, while increasing state support for them. A legislative study says the changes will cost more than $13 million and will see three of the districts lose money.

The bill now goes to Gov. Pete Ricketts, who is expected to sign it into law.

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