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Gazette opinion: Why have a school supt. who doesn’t go to schools?

All Montana public school teachers and administrators must visit their county school superintendent’s office to have their professional certifications signed. The superintendent is not required to ascertain that the individual is qualified to teach or administer schools; the Montana Office o…

September 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Broad education coalition kicks off push for sweeping K-12 school-funding bill

HELENA — A broad coalition of school groups pitched its sweeping public-school funding plan Tuesday, saying it offers a rare chance to boost money for schools, cut property taxes and link both to natural-resource development in Montana.

January 22, 2013 4:07 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Montana schools deliver high value for low cost

As we approach time for the 2013 Legislature, you will likely hear from a limited few that Montana’s public schools are failing and in need of serious reform. These same people will argue that Montana should adopt charter schools without elected school boards, tax proposals to fund private e…

December 29, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Funding formula history shows fairness to schools

It is unfortunate that the educational leadership of our state’s largest school district is once again blaming their school funding problems on the state’s funding formula. Weighting of funding based on size has been cited as an educationally relevant factor over and over in the courts acros…

December 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Public schools ensure community ownership, local control

In recent public policy discussions regarding the use of public funds to pay for private education in Montana, there are critical facts that are lost in the details.

December 10, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Exporting Montana coal would aid rural schools

The future of Montana schools, especially those in rural communities, depends on the development of our state’s abundant coal reserves.

August 18, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Want more money for schools? Tell your legislators

Calling Montana public school funding “complex” is an understatement.

September 22, 2011 12:00 am Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Stop diverting state land money away from schools

The State Department of Natural Resources is once again trying to lead the public into believing that an increase in state land revenues results in increased funding for Montana’s public schools. And unfortunately, when the department goes fishing for news coverage of this incorrect assertio…

September 14, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Encourage legislators to focus on K-12 schools' needs

As we near the end of the 2011 Legislature, with 10 days left as of Monday, legislators are going to have to switch into high gear if they are going to adjourn having met the needs of K-12 public education. A key problem at this point is that in addition to several legislators from both part…

April 12, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: Land Board on right track to leasing coal

We deserve a healthy debate on energy development and policy in Montana. As residents, voters and taxpayers, we should insist that those who are making decisions about the development of our state-owned natural resources are basing their decisions on the facts, not on politics or on which si…

March 05, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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