Public school supporters upset by "government school" comments

(Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Educators across the state are firing back at Governor Pete Ricketts after he repeatedly referred to public schools as "government schools".

He as talking about property taxes when he made the comment. He had said was that the state doesn't collect any of those taxes instead the money goes towards local entities like government schools.

The phrase was first used in President Trump's State of the Union address when he called them "failing government schools". People are saying the governor does not support public education after he also used the term several times.

"The governor is trying to blame everyone but himself for the state's continuing heavy reliance on property taxes to fund essential local services, including our public schools," Dr. Michael Dulaney, Executive Director of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators, said.

"This is Nebraska, not Russia," Jenna Benson, the President of the Nebraska State Education Association, said. "They are called public schools for a reason. We have local control and local school boards that are elected by local taxpayers."

Their concerns are mirrored by administrators all across the state who say Nebraska's children deserve a Governor who supports public education.