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School choice advocates -- losers at 2013 session -- vow to return with same bills

School choice advocates -- losers at 2013 session -- vow to return with same bills

HELENA — While advocates of school choice struck out again this year in Montana, failing to enact a bill providing tax credits or any public money for private or charter schools, they say they’re not giving up.

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Senate advances watered-down charter school bill; House endorses other school choice bill

Senate advances watered-down charter school bill; House endorses other school choice bill

HELENA — The state Senate Wednesday endorsed a bill allowing public charter schools in Montana, but not before a razor-close vote watered down the proposal by limiting any new charter school’s independence from state education rules.

April 03, 2013 5:07 pm Related Loading…

MEA-MFT's Feaver: School choice rips the fabric of public education

HELENA — Eric Feaver, the leader of MEA-MFT, the union representing teachers and other public workers, says it’s no coincidence the entire public-education community is battling hard against school-choice bills this Legislature.

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Who, and what, are behind school-choice movement in Montana?

Who, and what, are behind school-choice movement in Montana?

HELENA — Advocates for “school choice” — the use of tax credits or public money to help finance public-school alternatives in Montana like charter or private schools — have hit a high-water mark this Legislature, getting a major bill through a chamber for the first time.

March 18, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Senate endorses major school-choice bill

Senate endorses major school-choice bill

HELENA – The state Senate on Thursday advanced one of the session’s major school choice bills, which creates a new state income tax credit for donating to “scholarship organizations” that help students attending private schools.

February 14, 2013 5:18 pm Photos

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Montana GOP's school choice bill unexpectedly shot down

Montana GOP's school choice bill unexpectedly shot down

HELENA — The House unexpectedly flipped Tuesday on a Republican proposal to bring charter schools to Montana, although the proposal may not be dead yet.

February 12, 2013 4:03 pm Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Schools will run better with free market competition

“There is no respect in which inhabitants of a low-income neighborhood are so disadvantaged as in the kind of schooling they can get for their children.”

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'School choice' supporters rally as Montana legislators hear tax credit bills

'School choice' supporters rally as Montana legislators hear tax credit bills

HELENA – Advocates of “school choice” filled the state Capitol halls Monday, in part to testify for a pair of bills creating new state income-tax credits helping finance private schools in Montana.

January 28, 2013 9:45 pmLoading…

Bills would give tax breaks for kids to attend private school

HELENA — A pair of bills to offer tax breaks to parents of children attending private schools drew praise from some parents who wanted more options for their children and came under attack as unconstitutional from public school advocates.

February 14, 2011 4:23 pmLoading…

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