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Culture
Montana parents say daughter was ‘kidnapped’ by state over their opposition to gender transition, even as governor backs state’s response

Two Montana parents say they are facing their worst nightmare: having their daughter, 14, taken from them by the state because they did not support her gender transition. Governor Greg… Read More

February 2, 2024
Public Education
Montana approves 19 applications for first-ever charter schools

The Montana state school board approved its first batch of charter school applications – a historic development in a state long without school choice. The Montana Board of Public Education… Read More

January 22, 2024
Courts
Lawsuit from transgender lawmaker suing over ‘unconstitutional’ censure dismissed in Montana

(The Daily Signal) – A Montana judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday that state Rep. Zooey Zephyr, a Democrat who identifies as transgender, brought against the Montana House of Representatives after… Read More

November 30, 2023
Public Education
Montana receives first round of charter school applications

The Montana Board of Public Education has officially received its first-ever charter school applications. Montana is one of the few states with no public charter schools. Read More

November 6, 2023
Public Education
PragerU announces new partnerships with Montana, New Hampshire to provide textbooks, financial literacy courses  

PragerU has announced partnerships with two states, as parents and education leaders are re-envisioning K-12 education.   The nonprofit education group that promotes American values largely through online videos has formed… Read More

October 17, 2023
Public Education
Montana generated $8M for public education from timber sales in fiscal year 2023

(The Center Square) – Montana sold 52 million board feet of timber from State Trust Land in fiscal year 2023, state agencies announced this week. Those sales resulted in $8 million… Read More

October 9, 2023
Public Education
‘Forty-five other states have charter schools’: Montana launches charter school commission; leaders undeterred by pending lawsuit

Montana has launched a new charter school commission to bring families more school choice opportunities, despite a pending lawsuit. Montana’s new Community Choice School Commission (CCSC) met for the first… Read More

October 9, 2023
Public Education
Montana’s public schools still have 1,000 unfilled teaching positions. Easing licensing requirements may help

Montana still needs nearly 1,000 public school teachers for the upcoming year, State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen told the Board of Public Education last week. Even in… Read More

July 18, 2023
Public Education
As Montana paves way for charter schools, study finds charter students outperform public students

(The Center Square) – After Montana lawmakers paved the way for charter schools to open in the state, a new national report found charter school students performed better than students… Read More

June 19, 2023
Courts
School choice advocates battle for charter schools in Montana

Two new Montana school choice laws are being challenged in court by a coalition of school superintendents, administrators and teachers’ union staff who claim the measures are unconstitutional. The group,… Read More

June 16, 2023
Legislation
‘Parents can choose’: Montana school choice bill signed into law

(The Center Square) – Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed legislation aimed at enhancing educational opportunities for Montana families. House Bill 203, sponsored by Rep. David Bedey, R-Hamilton, standardizes… Read More

May 11, 2023
Culture
Montana OKs bans on transgender treatments for minors, TikTok in bid to keep kids safe

(Daily Signal) – Montana recently passed a bill banning transgender treatments on minors. “It’s very important that we protect our children, especially physically, from these treatments that are permanent,” Montana state… Read More

May 1, 2023
Public Education
Montana considers self-defense law against bullies in schools

The Montana Legislature advanced a bill that will give public school students the same rights to self-defense that Montana citizens enjoy outside of schools. HB 450, sponsored by… Read More

April 6, 2023
Legislation
Montana House passes special education school choice bill

The Montana House approved a bill to establish education savings accounts for students with special needs. HB 393, which passed the House by a 66-32 vote… Read More

April 4, 2023
Culture
Montana bill banning obscene material receives community support despite criticism from LGBT advocates, libraries

A bill prohibiting obscene materials for children in schools and libraries had its first hearing in the Montana State Legislature last week. Rep. Bob Phalen, R-Lindsay, led the… Read More

January 23, 2023