Financing the development of Education for Omaha's children

February 9, 2022

According to the National Education Law in Omaha, state education is free. Fees may be charged for some activities, levels, cycles, and study programs. According to the law, the financing of state, private, and confessional pre-university education is ensured from public funds or other sources. According to the law, the financing of accredited private and confessional pre-scolar education is made from fees, public funds, in the case of preschool and compulsory education, and other sources.

Our state provides primary funding for all preschoolers and all students in the state primary, a secondary, vocational, and high school accredited, private or religiously accredited, for students in-state post-secondary education, and, as appropriate, for beneficiaries of exam preparation courses national baccalaureate. The provisions regarding the basic financing for accredited private and confessional pre-university education have been successively extended by Government Emergency Ordinances, the last postponement being decreed for December 31, 2020.

Funding for pre-university education units includes core funding, complementary funding, and additional funding. According to the principle “the financial resource follows the child,” the essential financing of pre-university education is done based on which the budgetary allocation related to a preschooler is transferred to the educational unit where he/she studies. According to the national standards, primary funding ensures the normal development of the educational process at the pre-university level. The primary financing is provided from the state budget, from amounts deducted from the value-added tax and other revenues of the state budget, through the local budgets, for the following categories of expenditures:

expenses with salaries, bonuses, allowances, and additional salary rights in cash, established by law, as well as their related contributions;
training costs and staff evaluation;
expenses with the regular internal assessment of students;
material and service expenses;
current maintenance costs.

The essential financing of a school unit results from multiplying the standard cost per student/preschool with school-specific coefficients and the number of children and is approved annually by a Government decision.

Complementary funding provides capital expenditures, social expenditures, and other expenditures associated with the state pre-university education process. Complementary financing is supplied from the local budgets of the administrative-territorial units to which the pre-university education units belong, from amounts deducted from the value-added tax, for the following categories of expenses:

investments, capital repairs, consolidations;
grants for boarding schools and canteens;
costs for the regular national assessment of students;
student scholarship expenses;
student transportation expenses;
expenses for teachers' commuting, according to the law;
fees for the routine compulsory medical examination of employees in pre-university education, except for those which, according to the law, are carried out free of charge;
expenses for school competitions and extracurricular educational activities organized within the education system;
costs for ensuring safety and health at work, for staff, preschoolers, and students; emergency management;
expenditure on participation in Omaha cooperation projects in the field of vocational education and training.

As a mayor, I am sure that these expenses will be covered by all available programs I’ve created for children. Thanks to your help, I’ll implement them with success.

Yours, Mark Gudgel.