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Factors Affecting the Outcome of Nebraska School Bond Elections

Nicole M Hardwick, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This quantitative ex post facto study is a modified replication of research conducted in 1991 by Dr. Michael Ough designed to understand the relationship between selected variables and the outcome of school bond elections held in Nebraska between September 1, 2011, and August 31, 2021. The dependent variable for the study was if a Nebraska public school district bond election passed or failed. The population was defined as all Nebraska public school districts operating during the selected time period, and the sample were those Nebraska school districts that held bond elections between 2011 and 2021. The research was conducted by examining publicly accessible data on all qualified school bond elections held in Nebraska for capital construction purposes during the identified ten-year period. A chi-square test (χ2) was used to evaluate the overall predictive ability of each model. The coefficient of determination, Nagelkerke R2, was interpreted to assess how much variance in the success of Nebraska school bond elections can be explained by the predictor variables. Individual Wald tests were used to assess the predictive ability of each factor in the regression model. Odds ratios (ORs) were examined to identify the odds of success in school bond elections based on fluctuations in the predictors.

Subject Area

Educational leadership|Education finance|Educational administration

Recommended Citation

Hardwick, Nicole M, "Factors Affecting the Outcome of Nebraska School Bond Elections" (2023). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI30488149.