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Another try for charter schools
Mar 19, 5:30 AM: Throughout the more than two-hour discussion, supporters framed charter schools as giving Montana parents and students more choices in K-12 education. Debra Lamm, who worked alongside then-Rep. Mark Blasdel in 2011 to >
Shifting gears with an education omnibus
Mar 12, 7:51 AM: A major piece of education policy now in the Senate proposes to enhance local control, strengthen work-based learning and address Montana’s teacher shortage, all at the same time.
Bozeman School Board approves online charter school application
Feb 19, 7:23 AM: The Bozeman School District is moving forward with an application to create an online charter school in an effort to respond to what it said is a growing need for a flexible learning option.
Lawmakers hear bill to expand tax credit limits for private schools
Feb 12, 6:19 AM: Private school scholarship donors could getup to $200,000 in Montana tax credits under a proposed legislative bill. Donations to approved scholarship organizations for private schools, including religious schools, or >
Adding options and opportunity to public education
Feb 9, 7:50 AM: Lawmakers on the House Education Committee Monday heard testimony on a bill aimed at granting local school officials greater flexibility in meeting the needs of students, and broadening state requirements for teacher >
Opinion: Expanding educational options for children
Jan 25, 7:41 AM: As Chairman of the Education Committee in the Montana House of Representatives, I reflect upon how Montana and the rest of America celebrates one of the greatest victories for educational opportunity in modern history >
Guest view: Flexibility, modernization need in education
Nov 12, 7:13 AM: The president of the Montana Federation of Public Employees recently took to these pages to argue that the only way to prove that you care about education is to support more spending on public schools. While it’s essential >
As GOP takes Governor's office, school choice proposals likely on the horizon
Nov 6, 6:16 AM: With Republican Gov.-elect Greg Gianforte set to work with a deep-red legislature during the upcoming 2021 session, the stage is set for a surge of legislative interest in school choice programs in Montana.
Arntzen secures second term as superintendent of public instruction
Nov 5, 6:52 AM: Republican Elsie Arntzen has won a second term as Montana superintendent of public instruction, besting Democratic rival Melissa Romano in a repeat of the pair’s 2016 showdown. Arntzen won election by 42,196 votes, the >
Pandemic sets backdrop for state superintendent race
Oct 21, 5:50 AM: The race for superintendent of public instruction features a rematch from 2016. Except this time it comes after the coronavirus pandemic has shaken up the education world.
Gov race: Cooney, Gianforte lay out education priorities
Oct 1, 5:16 AM: And, while he talks up public schools, he also slams his Republican opponent, Greg Gianforte, as someone who wants to use the power of the state to promote and assist private schools.
30% of Billings students not engaged with remote learning, superintendent estimates
May 7, 7:35 AM: In a nod to the challenges of remote learning, Billings Public Schools superintendent Greg Upham said that students' grades won't get worse while school buildings are closed.
Distance learning leads to innovation for Montana school districts
Apr 14, 6:12 AM: Innovation is the keyword for Montana schools, as they adapt to life with COVID-19 and continuing classes through distanced learning.
Schools Want Flexibility To Continue Remote Education Through The School Year
Apr 10, 6:53 AM: After the speedy shift to online learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, many school districts across the state say it would be easier to finish out the school year that way instead of returning to classrooms. >
Internet access has never been more important for Montana students, but gaps remain.
Mar 31, 7:22 AM: Rural internet access has long been a priority for education advocacy groups. There's been incremental progress and some victories; but it was one of so many issues in federal and state policy spheres, like a line of birds >
For Special Ed Students, Remote Learning Could Mean Foregoing Some Services
Mar 27, 6:44 AM: As Montana schools begin to provide education remotely in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus, parents will be serving as their child’s co-teacher at home. For many, that’s a large undertaking, but it’s even more of >
Montana Schools Scrambling To Transition To Online Learning
Mar 17, 6:31 AM: Following Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's order Sunday to close public schools for two weeks due to detections of the novel coronavirus, districts around the state scrambled on Monday to set plans in place for remote learning >
Billings high school seniors can shave a year off their college teaching degrees at MSUB
Mar 9, 8:49 AM: Montana State University Billings and School District 2 announced a program in which high school seniors can begin college coursework for an education degree, putting them on track to graduate in three years from MSUB. >
Montana's teacher shortage starting to affect bigger districts
Dec 2, 9:03 AM: Montana's teacher shortage is still a rural problem. Small schools in the state's most isolated areas struggle to recruit and retain teachers.
Opinion: We must invest in rural schools
Oct 11, 8:19 AM: To prepare Montana’s children for the future, we need to make big investments in our education system and that includes helping rural areas and states provide a quality education to our students today. >



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