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NEBRASKA POLICY CHOICES 1987, ed. Russell L. Smith (Omaha: Center for Applied Urban Research, 1987).
Nebraska's system for funding public schools is deteriorating. Shifts in population, variations in tax capacity, and changes in the mission defined for public schools make the current system inadequate and inequitable. Funding problems are compounded by the large number of school districts which divide human and financial resources in the state unequally. Problems in the finance system are described, and suggestions for determining the minimum education program to be funded, the most cost-effective organization of school districts, measures for fair acquisition of funds, and procedures for equitable allocation of state aid to public schools are discussed.