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School funding goes to Nebraska high court


The Nebraska Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether a board that oversees 11 Omaha-area school districts has the authority to levy property taxes within the districts' borders.

Sarpy County District Judge William Zastera ruled in September that property taxes levied by the Learning Community board amount to a state-authorized tax in violation of the Nebraska Constitution.

The Learning Community was created by the Legislature and signed into law in 2006 in an attempt to de-emphasize district borders and put greater focus on achievement and diversity.

Zastera's ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the Sarpy County Farm Bureau and eight residents. They had claimed the "taxation scheme" seeks to direct money to favored school districts at the expense of taxpayers in other districts.

The arguments are scheduled for Thursday.

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