Providing childcare in Montana, for love and money 
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2w ago
Ever since her earliest days in early childhood education, Amanda Wiseman has felt that her chosen field is “underappreciated.” Her first job as a teacher, at a private preschool program in Missoula, paid about $14 an hour, and while she has heard elected officials pay lip service to the profession’s importance, she continues to labor ..read more
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Experimental student testing model slated for statewide rollout
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2w ago
After two years of piloting a new approach to student testing in select districts, the Montana Office of Public Instruction is preparing for a statewide rollout of the model this fall. Montana’s long-standing practice of administering a single test each spring will now give way to 12 smaller assessments, or testlets, conducted at various points ..read more
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Missoula schools move forward with massive budget cuts
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2M ago
Facing an $8 million shortfall, the Missoula County Public Schools board voted to move forward with budget cuts that could impact upwards of 100 teachers, administrators and other staff ..read more
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The rural workforce is changing. Colleges are scrambling to keep up. 
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2M ago
Lack of affordable housing makes it almost impossible to recruit out-of-towners to rural communities like Ravalli County, and the in-town workforce is drying up. Montana and other states hope more flexible, skills-based education systems can root out, and then meet, specific and sometimes surprising education needs ..read more
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Coalition sues education agency for ‘interfering’ with charter school openings.
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2M ago
The Montana Quality Education Coalition has filed a lawsuit against state Superintendent Elsie Arntzen — the latest development in an ongoing dispute between education leaders over implementation of a new public charter school law ..read more
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Beyond acknowledgments, land grant universities make up some impressive ground
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3M ago
A handful of Indigenous students and recent college graduates interviewed by ICT expressed frustration with the general lack of knowledge among peers and course curriculum about tribal lands upon which public institutions sit and prosper ..read more
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Land, wealth and higher education
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3M ago
More than a century ago, the federal government granted the fledgling state of Montana land to support its new college infrastructure. Those tracts — still recognized as the aboriginal ground of Montana’s Indigenous peoples — continue to generate millions for MSU and other campuses ..read more
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Five things to know about Montana’s school funding formulas
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3M ago
We published a lengthy visual explainer intended to help Montanans understand Montana’s complex school funding formulas. But at 3,000 words — not counting labels on the pictures — the piece is no cakewalk of a read. So we tried to boil down the five most important takeaways we took from the project as a separate ..read more
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Contracts finalized for Montana’s new public charter schools
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3M ago
The Board of Public Education unanimously approved contracts with 19 new public charter schools, outlining an array of reporting requirements that will measure their academic and financial success and, eventually, whether they’re allowed to continue operating ..read more
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School leaders attribute budget crises to pandemic funding cliff, state funding frustrations
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3M ago
With public schools across Montana facing deep budget cuts this year, district officials from Missoula, Helena, Bozeman and Great Falls share their thoughts on the major factors driving financial challenges ..read more
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