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(Neb)-Education Bill, Judicial Pay Hike Pass Unicam

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/17/2017 11:56 PM
LINCOLN - An education omnibus bill that restricts a levy limit exemption for early retirement by teachers passed unanimously yesterday.

    LB 457 exempts 75% of the funds a district uses for early retirement from budget and levy limits in Fiscal 2018-19, then drops that to 50% the next year and 25% the following year.

     It also allows school districts already at their maximum levy to exempt from budget and levy limitations up to $35,000 of payments for a teacher’s voluntary termination agreement that is not part of a collective bargaining agreement.

    Parts of several other education bills were amended into LB 457 including a ban on technology companies that contract with schools from using student data for targeted advertising or creating student profiles for non-educational purposes.

    Also passing yesterday was a bill granting a 2-1/2% pay raise to Nebraska's judges, with a 1% hike on  July 1st and 1-1/2% on January 1st, 2019. Supreme Court justices will get a little under $174,000 after the first increase and a little over $176,000 after the second.

     The salaries of lower-court judges are tied to those of the Supreme Court justices and will increase by the same percentages.


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