Roger Breed says student-enrollment patterns have changed over the past 20 years, in part because more Nebraskans are moving from rural areas to cities. He says that strains resources and the tax base in urban districts, while rural districts face the challenge of reaching fewer students in isolated areas.
Breed says rural districts may be helped by online learning programs and hinted more details would be available in a few weeks.
Breed's comments came Wednesday after his address to educators gathering in Grand Island. Some 1,000 school administrators, principals and teachers are in attendance.
Breed says he's asked educators to be aware of how changing student enrollment affects their school district.