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State Supreme Court strikes down tax credit for private schools
Dec 13, 5:31 AM: The Montana Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision Wednesday and said a tax credit program approved by the 2015 Legislature for private schools violated the state Constitution.
Rural kids wanted at both Bozeman high schools
Nov 30, 6:45 AM: In two years when Bozeman’s second high school opens, both schools should have a mix of students from rural and city schools, instead of lumping most rural teens into one school, the committee planning the transition said >
Montana high-schoolers eligible for 2 free dual-enrollment college courses
Sep 4, 6:51 AM: Montana high school students can get a jumpstart on their college education – for free – with the state’s new “One-Two-Free” dual enrollment program announced this week.
Montana high school students can take two college credit courses for free, officials announce
Aug 31, 6:22 AM: Montana students at any high school will be able to take two college credit courses through their high school for free, Montana officials announced Thursday.
Montana’s dual enrollment classes growing fast
May 30, 7:12 AM: Montana was slow to offer teenagers the chance to take “dual enrollment” classes that give credit toward both high school graduation and state college degrees, but now it’s catching up fast. >
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.



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