- 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.
- Public mulls exclusion of religious schools from Montana tax credit
- > Nov 6, 6:09 AM: Public-school advocates argued Thursday that a state agency correctly determined the Montana Constitution prohibits private religious schools from participating in a new scholarship tax credit program, while private-school
- School Choice in Montana and Beyond (CER in the news)
- > Jun 2, 9:29 AM: In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of School Reform News Heather Kays speaks with Kara Kerwin. Kerwin is the president of the Center for Education Reform. Kays and Kerwin talk about
- School choice bill becomes law without governor's signature
- May 12, 4:29 AM: Montana lawmakers have instituted a new state law that reflects a national GOP initiative to boost private education options.
- Senate endorses tax credits for private and public schools
Senate approves tax credit-funded scholarship program, capped at $150 per individual. Credits can also be claimed against donations to K-12 public schools. Program, capped at $3 million overall, is one of several school >
Apr 1, 5:05 AM:
- MT Senate endorses 'school choice’ bill on close vote
- > Mar 31, 5:15 AM: On a mostly party-line vote with Republicans in favor, the Montana Senate Monday endorsed its first “school choice” bill this session, to create a $150 state income-tax credit to help both public and private school
- House, Senate discuss charter schools today
- Mar 26, 5:22 AM: Legislators in both the House and Senate will get the chance to hear two bills sponsored by Republicans to create and fund school choice — private and public charter schools — this afternoon.
- `School choice’ bills still alive at Legislature – but most eyes on one bill
- > Mar 25, 6:30 AM: Advocates of “school choice,” which means using tax credits or public funds to help finance alternative or private K-12 schools, are behind several bills at the 2015 Legislature – but the focus may come down to one.
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