Nebraska State Senator Justin Wayne — a Democrat — broke from his party to support school choice legislation.
Nebraska’s state legislature recently considered a bill to give full tax credits to any donation made toward private school scholarships for low-income students. Though the legislation failed, progressive lawmakers from Omaha formed alliances with conservatives to support education opportunities for students stuck in failing public schools.
As featured by school choice advocate Corey DeAngelis on social media, Wayne — who represents Florence and parts of North Omaha — repeatedly confronted lawmakers unwilling to pass the legislation. In one exchange with a Democratic colleague, Wayne expressed frustration over the notion that fixing Omaha’s schools could take five decades.
“Did you say it would take about 50 years to fix Omaha [schools]?”