CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two more school districts have joined a coalition that says the state Legislature has shortchanged Wyoming K-12 funding by $151 million in recent years by failing to keep up with inflation.
When a company wants to dig for coal in Wyoming, it pays a one-time competitive fee to help its bid stand out from what is usually a crowd of companies vying for the right to mine.
CASPER, Wyo. — Casper's two main high schools are getting extra funding for reconstruction projects.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Legislature has given final approval to a proposal to lift the state's eight-year moratorium on funding new alternative schools.
HELENA — In Harrison, a small, rural community in southwest Montana, the new school-funding law means just $29,000 in new state aid for its school district next year — but school Superintendent Fred Hofman said don’t call that money “peanuts.”
HELENA — Senate Bill 175, sponsored by Sen. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, and signed into law May 6, is an extensive revision of how Montana funds its public schools. Here’s a quick look at its major elements:
HELENA — A bipartisan coalition in the state House on Monday amended and then endorsed a historic rewrite of public school funding in Montana, likely setting the bill on path to Gov. Steve Bullock for his signature into law.
HELENA – On mostly party line votes with Republicans in favor, the Montana House on Thursday advanced three bills that let a few oil-impacted school districts keep an even larger chunk of oil and gas tax revenues — money that now goes to the state.
HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock’s State of the State address got most of the ink last week at the Montana Legislature, as the Democratic governor defined some sharp differences between himself and the Legislature’s Republican majority.
This year could be the year.
HELENA — As one of the biggest single items in the state budget, money for public schools can’t avoid being a central issue at the Montana Legislature.
Nothing like the looming legislative session to focus the mind.
There are always two sides to every story, and this is especially true of the Sept. 20 Gazette opinion piece regarding how “big schools” are short-changed by the state school funding formula.
School District 2 trustees are looking at ways to save paper and money, and Monday night they discussed the option of switching from paper to electronic agendas.
School District 2 will receive an estimated $625,000 after the state and a coalition of schools and education groups settled a dispute involving the 2011 Legislature's funding of public schools.
HELENA — The coalition behind the 2002 lawsuit that challenged Montana’s public school funding system was back in court Friday, asking a judge to order the state to comply with a law requiring inflationary state funding increases for schools.
It was a sibling spat that brought Montana Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg to Miles Avenue Elementary School on Wednesday morning.
CASPER, Wyo. — More than $3 million will be available this year to Wyoming school districts to "turn around" the state's lowest-performing schools.
HELENA - Federal education officials are warning that Montana must get in line with its No Child Left Behind benchmarks by Aug. 15 or risk losing some of its funding.
HELENA -- Gov. Brian Schweitzer said late Tuesday that he believes Republicans broke the terms of a deal made with him on the state budget 10 days ago, and that he's free to veto the main budget bill and related items as he sees fit.