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GREAT FALLS — After greeting some old friends, Democrat Steve Bullock gets right to the point with union groups about the importance of the 2012 governor’s race.

Bullock, Montana’s attorney general, spoke to some members of the Great Falls Education Association earlier this month. He quickly denounced the education ideas offered by his Republican opponent, Rick Hill. Bullock recycled a comment Hill made earlier this year to a weekly newspaper that Montana ranks “second to last in quality of teachers.”

What’s more, Bullock said, Hill favors charter schools and giving parents tax breaks to send their children to private schools. (Hill has called for giving tax breaks to people who donate to foundations that provide private-school scholarships to low-income students.) The Republican also wants to revamp teacher tenure.

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