- 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.
- Gov. Bullock highlights innovation at Bozeman’s Bridger charter school
- Sep 1, 5:22 AM: The Bozeman School District won approval from the State Board of Public Education in May to create one of the state’s first charter programs, a school-within-a-school.
- School choice advocacy group launches in Montana
- Aug 1, 5:46 AM: The director of Americans for Prosperity announced the creation of a Montana school choice advocacy group on Friday.
- Lincoln County gets Montana's first charter school program
- May 18, 5:46 AM: Students will soon have a chance to enroll in a new charter program to help them prepare for more diverse opportunities after high school thanks to the Lincoln County Vocational School of Innovation.
- State responds to injunction ordering scholarships be allowed for religious schools
- > May 16, 5:11 AM: The Department of Revenue filed a response Thursday to a temporary injunction that, for now, means it must administer a scholarship program in a way that provides money to students that attend religious schools.
- State replies to schools' choice lawsuit
- > May 13, 5:00 AM: The Department of Revenue filed a response Thursday to a temporary injunction that, for now, means it must administer a scholarship program in a way that provides money to students that attend religious schools.
- Montana school tax credit debate continues
- > Apr 11, 6:00 AM: The 2015 Montana state legislature passed a law that allows $150 scholarship donations for students attending schools -- both public and private. The donor is entitled to a matching tax credit against state taxes.
- Montana families who sued over scholarship funds brace for possible appeal
- > Apr 11, 4:55 AM: Anderson, along with two other mothers of children who attend Stillwater, filed a lawsuit in December to gain access to scholarship funds administered through the state Department of Revenue. A law passed during the 2015
- Lawmakers like Bozeman schools’ charter propsoal
- > Apr 8, 6:20 AM: Despite Montana’s long running tug-of-war over “school choice,” both sides had praise Thursday for Bozeman’s proposal to make the Bridger Alternative Program into a charter school program within Bozeman High School.
- Court: Montana families may get state scholarships to send kids to religious schools
- Apr 4, 5:14 AM: Children who attend religious schools should be able to get scholarships from Montana's school choice program, according to a ruling by a Flathead County District Court judge on Thursday.
- Libby schools looking at first charter school program in Montana
- Mar 3, 7:36 AM: Libby educational leaders are working to bring the first charter program to Montana. It's already been backed by county commissioners and a well-known state philanthropic organization.
- Bozeman votes to create state’s first charter school
- > Feb 24, 6:09 AM: Charter schools have been controversial in many states, but there was no controversy this week when the Bozeman School Board agreed to seek state approval for making Bozeman High’s Bridger Alternative Program into
- Bozeman to vote on making Bridger state’s first charter school
- > Feb 8, 7:45 AM: The Bozeman School Board will vote Monday night on applying to the state Office of Public Instruction to make the Bridger Alternative Program at Bozeman High School into the state’s first charter school.
- Redistricting committee removes Lockwood school choice option from potential recommendations
- > Jan 27, 5:40 AM: The School District 2 redistricting committee narrowed new high school boundary proposals Tuesday, striking the sole remaining option that would have allowed Lockwood students to choose between Senior and Skyview high
- Montanans can now get tax credit for school donations
Montana residents can make donations to public school districts and private nonreligious schools in the state and earn a tax credit on their state taxes.
Jan 19, 8:18 AM:
- Bozeman weighs making Bridger the state’s first charter school
- Jan 13, 8:05 AM: Bozeman Schools Superintendent Rob Watson floated the idea Tuesday of turning the high school’s Bridger Alternative Program into Montana’s first public charter school.
- Rules excluding religious schools from tax credit program become official
- Dec 17, 5:53 AM: The Montana Department of Revenue officially adopted a proposed rule that would cut schools with religious affiliations out of a new tax credit program, sparking an almost-certain legal challenge.
- Montana legislators say school choice rule doesn't follow bill's aim
- Dec 1, 5:58 AM: A majority of Montana lawmakers say the state Department of Revenue did not follow legislative intent when it wrote a rule barring religious schools from benefiting from a new tax-credit program.
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