Nebraska schools prepared for reduced funding

A top education official says most school districts across Nebraska have been taking steps to prepare for funding challenges that will follow the loss of federal stimulus dollars.

State Education Commissioner Roger Breed said Wednesday after a meeting with school administrators from across the state that he stressed to them that they plan ahead for reduced funding, and that most are able to face the challenges.

Breed said there probably wouldn't be many budget cuts in districts this upcoming school year, because stimulus dollars are still available.

Last year, state lawmakers were able to more than double the original, planned increase in school aid to schools because of stimulus dollars.

But those funds will dry up, and state revenues have been lagging.