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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
Apr 1, 5:05 AM:

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 >

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. >
Montana House Endorses Private School Tax Credit
Mar 18, 5:45 AM: Montana representatives have given initial approval to a Republican proposal to give tax credits for private school tuition.
Non-Profit provides school choice program for Montana
Nov 21, 6:27 AM:

Businessman collaborates with Denver based non-profit to make a private school education foundation for low-income students. Montana currently without government school choice program. Hundreds of students currently in >

Montana Ranks Last for School Choice (CER in the news)
Oct 7, 6:59 AM: According to the Parent Power Index put out by the Center for Education Reform, Montana finished dead last for parents' ability to make choices and be involved in school.
The turnaround: Butte high’s dropout rate on par with state average for first time in years
Mar 10, 6:30 AM: Thanks to special intervention programs and students like Edwards who are sticking with school, Butte High's dropout rate is on par with state averages for the first time in years. Only about 3.6 percent of students who >
Business group praises Bullock for investment in early education
Jul 30, 9:40 AM:

MT business leaders applaud Governor's education initiatives, especially investment in early childhood education. Early childhood education proven to boost long term education outcomes but not readily accessible to every >

Reading program hands out books: 'Super Summer Six' promotes neighborhood literacy (with video)
Jul 10, 10:11 AM:

Great Falls literacy teachers distributing free books in low-income neighborhoods, encouraging students to read. Goal is to prevent academic "backsliding" over summer. 

Public charter school system passed by Montana Senate
Apr 4, 2:51 PM:

MT bill allowing charter schools may see the light of day if it passes in the House. However, this watered down bill is merely a shadow of what the charter school law actually could be, leaving most of the power in the >

House Republicans continue to advance ‘school choice’ bills through Legislature
Feb 12, 6:23 AM:

GOP pushes school choice measures while Dems give in to common myths that school choice will drain money from traditional public schools. How choice measures are playing out in other states would add to debate, along >

‘School choice’ bills advance on mostly party-line votes
Feb 7, 6:49 AM:

Tax credit and charter school bills pass House & Senate committees respectively. Zero Dems voted yes on bills, saying the state's public schools are just fine. A look at achievement stats and how options are working for >

Montana Digital Academy picking up steam
Jan 18, 7:39 AM:

MT digital academy an option for students wanting to take classes school doesn't offer, as well as students needing to recover class credits. But, no insight on how restrictions might be hindering students' options in >

Online classes skyrocket in popularity for Montana students
Dec 28, 8:03 AM:

Number of MT students taking online classes exceeds expectations & projected to double in 2 yrs. Call for more funding. Fails to make connection to choice-- popularity indicate demand for options in state ranking low in >

Education Superintendent outlines goals
Dec 17, 7:37 AM:

Rundown of State Ed Chief's goals for upcoming legislative session, which include call for higher dropout age, more $$ for cyber school and K-12 among other projects. Briefly notes how  lawmakers likely to react to >



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