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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. >
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
Jan 19, 8:18 AM:

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.

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.



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