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Gazette opinion: 3 bills to stop students from aging out too soon

Gazette opinion: 3 bills to stop students from aging out too soon

Should Montana law open the door for 900 students, ages 16 and 17, to drop out before graduation?

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Montana Senate passes bills to put electronics in privacy laws

Montana Senate passes bills to put electronics in privacy laws

HELENA — The Montana Senate has approved two bills that update peeping Tom and indecent exposure laws to prohibit committing those crimes through electronic means.

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Guest opinion: Boosting Montana's high school graduation rate

We have reached a milestone in Montana’s efforts to improve the graduation rate. From 2009 to 2014, Montana’s graduation rate has increased from 80.7 percent to 85.4 percent. This is the highest the graduation rate has been in Montana since the OPI began calculating it in 2000.

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Juneau's legislative agenda: Higher dropout age, funding for older students

Juneau's legislative agenda: Higher dropout age, funding for older students

HELENA — After officially releasing her 2015 Legislative Agenda on Monday, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said her top priorities were to raise the legal dropout age to 18 and to provide funding to schools for 19-year-old students.

January 06, 2015 8:37 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Capital communications must be two-way

Gazette opinion: Capital communications must be two-way

The Montana Legislature has convened in Helena for its once-in-two-years, 90-day work session.

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Gazette opinion: County delegation breaks the ice on tradition

If every Montana county was home to as many people as Yellowstone, there would be only five other counties (instead of 55 others) in our state of 1 million people.

December 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Less room for families in addiction recovery

Gazette opinion: Less room for families in addiction recovery

Billings needs more housing for mothers recovering from drug addictions and for their children. But next week, there will be less when the Center for Children and Families closes Housing Family Matters.

June 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Sen. Robyn Driscoll, D-Billings

Sen. Robyn Driscoll, D-Billings

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June 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Rally puts spotlight on nondiscrimination ordinance

Rally puts spotlight on nondiscrimination ordinance

About 100 people gathered at a rally Saturday afternoon to commit to working toward getting a nondiscrimination ordinance enacted in Billings.

June 07, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Democratic legislators in town to hear what works and what doesn't

Democratic legislators in town to hear what works and what doesn't

A group of state Democratic legislators spent Thursday in the East Billings Urban Renewal District talking about ways to fix blighted neighborhoods.

May 01, 2014 6:23 pm Photos

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Bullock shows support for Montana energy

Sen. Matt Rosendale of Glendive (Aug. 5 letter) is upset by Gov. Steve Bullock’s appointments to the Board of Oil and Gas Conservation and the Coal Board, but the reasons he offers simply do not hold water. First he states that Peggy Ames Nerud should not be appointed to the BOGC because she…

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Gazette opinion: Progress on protecting Montana’s kids, elders

At the start of the 2013 Legislature, Montana county attorneys supported several bills to help protect the state’s oldest and youngest residents. All but one of those bills has become law or can become law within the next few days.

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Gazette opinion: Students need governor’s signature on SB175

The biggest Montana school funding changes in decades are headed for Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk.

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Gazette opinion: Let’s close the deal to upgrade MSU Billings Science Building

Gazette opinion: Let’s close the deal to upgrade MSU Billings Science Building

The long campaign to replace Montana State University Billings' outdated Science Building got its biggest boost ever this weekend when the House approved a bill that would appropriate $10 million from the general fund toward the $15 million project.

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Gazette opinion: A crime-fighting team for Yellowstone County kids

Prosecuting crimes against children requires special skills and techniques that will gather evidence without causing further harm to the young victims.

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Gazette opinion: Time grows short for child abuse legislation

Last year, Montana’s Child and Family Service Division completed 8,060 investigations of child abuse and neglect reports involving 11,835 children. Abuse or neglect was substantiated in 2,037 investigations, including:

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March 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Plan to upgrade schools deserves support

A statewide coalition of public education advocates won bipartisan support for comprehensive education funding reform when the Montana Senate voted 32-17 on Saturday to send Senate Bill 175 to the House.

February 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Student safety: Stop playing with concussions

Imagine being a 17-year-old high school football quarterback, a 14-year-old softball pitcher or a 12-year-old soccer goalie. If these young athletes got hit in the head during a game, but could still run, catch and kick, would they ask the coach to take them out? Would hard-training student-…

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Tea Party might try ideas rather than attention getters

In the Nov. 21 Gazette, two stories alarmed: first, the Tea Party secession article and second, the article regarding former Montana State Rep. Joel Boniek and a “rowdy crowd" commandeering a courtroom in Livingston demanding that the Justice of the Peace “prove she had the proper credential…

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