- Religious school parents take fight for tax credit to Montana Supreme Court
- > Apr 9, 5:40 AM: People who donate to scholarship funds at religious schools should be able to receive a tax credit for their gifts, attorneys for parents of religious school students argued before the Montana Supreme Court on Friday.
- Montana high court weighs ban on religious school tax credit
- > Apr 6, 7:23 AM: The Montana Supreme Court will consider Friday whether a tax credit program discriminates against religious schools in a school choice dispute that has drawn attention from educational groups across the U.S.
- Bozeman schools see skills gap for poor kids and boys
- Mar 8, 7:04 AM: Low-income Bozeman kids are falling behind their more affluent classmates in technology skills, especially if they have less than an hour a day to use computers at home.
- Expanding High-Speed Internet Access for Rural Schools
- > Feb 26, 6:10 AM: The issue of limited high-speed internet in rural areas has gained prominence in national political discussions, with President Donald Trump pledging to commit funds to expanding rural broadband access, while on a local
- Bridger offers Bozeman High students a choice
- > Dec 15, 5:55 AM: Bridger has been experimenting in recent years with innovative programs that let students work at their own pace, and complete projects faster or slower than regular classes. Maheras showed new software that’s making it
- Aspire, eNDVR offer enrichment, community for home-schooling families
- Dec 6, 6:01 AM: eNDVR, a homeschool cooperative learning space and resource center, opened in Missoula about three years ago for parents who home-school or to supplement traditional school learning.
- Montanans not lining up for school choice tax credit, even though some could make a buck
- > Dec 5, 5:52 AM: So far this year, the program doesn’t look to have gained steam; a running tracker of donations on the Department of Revenue website shows that only about $7,500 in tax credits have been qualified for through scholarship
- Arntzen, teachers union clash over Teacher of the Year Program
- Sep 1, 6:00 AM: Selecting Montana’s top teacher has been a task for the teacher’s union in the state for more than two decades, but now, that’s changing.
- Montana appeals school choice tax credit ruling allowing religious schools
- > Aug 21, 4:35 AM: Three parents whose children attend Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell filed a lawsuit in December to gain access to scholarship funds administered by the state Department of Revenue. The Montana Department of
- State to appeal school-choice ruling
- > Jun 2, 5:16 AM: A state court has rejected a Revenue Department rule that said private, religious schools in Montana can’t benefit from a new state education tax credit – but the department said Thursday it will appeal the ruling.
- Montana Senate agrees to floor hearing of charter schools
- Apr 21, 6:09 AM: The Montana Senate revived a charter schools bill Thursday that would sidestep the authority of school boards by establishing a new statewide commission to oversee a system of nontraditional schools.
- Budget would slash funding for online classes, hurt smallest schools most
- > Mar 27, 6:42 AM: The Montana Digital Academy has grown significantly since its first classes in 2010, but it has never received sustainable funding from the state keeping pace with that growth. Instead, one-time-only funding has been added
- Montana House passes charter school bill
- Feb 28, 7:34 AM: The Montana House has passed a bill to create a charter school system for the state. The House approved the measure 55-44 Monday. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.
- Charter school bill moves closer to head of class
- > Feb 27, 7:17 AM: The House of Representatives had a fiery discussion Friday before giving tentative approval to a proposal that would establish a public charter school system, ending with the bill’s sponsor vowing that if it were defeated
- Charter schools bill faces uncertain future in Montana
- Feb 16, 7:25 AM: A Democrat's proposal to establish a statewide charter school system faces an uncertain future in Montana, even as Republicans hailed it as an opportunity to lift struggling schools.
- Missoula schools examine alternative education ahead of new Willard school
- Jan 6, 6:00 AM: Willard began in 2001 as a "school of choice" for students who were behind in credits or who had become disconnected from school. Students are not assigned to Willard; they have to apply.
- Montana educators cautiously hopeful for teacher recruitment, retention efforts in 2017
- > Jan 3, 7:32 AM: Several studies have found that up to half of new teachers leave the profession within five years. Teacher recruitment and retention are on the minds of educators nationwide, and in specific ways in Montana. Montana has
- School choice debate likely to reignite in Montana Legislature
- > Dec 23, 5:54 AM: Advocates who want to see Montana create programs to allow more students to attend private and religious schools with the aid of tax credits and vouchers will be watching both the Legislature and the courts come January.
- Majority of Republican lawmakers favor school vouchers, just 8% support pre-K funding
- Dec 19, 5:57 AM: A survey of Montana lawmakers headed into the 2017 legislative session next month shows Republicans favor alternatives to public schools and Democrats want pre-kindergarten funding.
- Candidates for governor lay out differing priorities for public education
- > Sep 26, 5:03 AM: Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte are both campaigning on promises to improve the state’s public schools, but their visions of what needs to change and how to make it happen differ greatly.
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