Nebraska teachers who worked throughout the pandemic may see $1,000 bonus

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – During the 2020-21 school year, teachers spent an average of $750 of their own money to provide for their classrooms.

That’s the most teachers have ever reported spending on essential supplies.

On Monday, Sen. Adam Morfeld proposed his final bill for the 2022 session, which would provide teachers who worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic a one-time $1,000 bonus.

Multiple teachers argued in favor of Legislative Bill 1131, pointing to the aid it would bring to teachers.

“I started teaching when I was 21 years old.  Looking back, I was not ready for the student struggles or the obstacles my colleagues and I would face,” Jacquelle Lane said.  “I remember clearly for the very first time that a student of mine told me right before I was about to administer a standardized test that she and her mother were homeless and did not sleep the night before. I also remember going home that night and asking my family to assist me to buy necessary items for my classroom … because I was unable to provide the necessary items for my students on my teaching salary.”

According to Elizabeth Everett, another citizen in support of the bill, the 2020-21 school year saw 200 child care programs shut down.

During the same year, over 1,000 teachers and child care employees quit their jobs.

Many people, like Everett, are finding themselves without child care and on waiting lists for over 11 months.

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