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Public school enrollment shows fall uptick

Public school enrollment dropped 2.4% in Montana during the pandemic. Now, preliminary data from the Office of Public Instruction indicates that the number of K-12 students in the state not only rebounded this fall but is slightly higher than pre-COVID levels.

Lawsuits pile up as inquiry into fatal Amtrak wreck continues

Three weeks after Amtrak’s Empire Builder derailed along a remote stretch of track on Montana’s Hi-Line, killing three and injuring scores more, a dozen lawsuits have been filed by passengers injured in the deadliest railroad accident in the United States since 2017. But those lawsuits might run into trouble because of a never-before-tested clause recently…

Democrats challenge law restricting campus political activity

The Montana Democratic Party and Montanans for Tester filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Senate Bill 319, which prohibits political committees from registering voters or collecting signatures in university dorms and dining halls. Plaintiffs argue the new law violates students’ constitutional right to engage in political speech.

‘This Is the Right Now’

Adapted from “Brothers on Three” by Abe Streep. Copyright (c) 2021 by the author and reprinted by permission of Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC. This excerpt and photo may not be republished without the express permission of Celadon Books. The locker room was all-white, tile floors and painted walls, the flash…

Voter fraud: Fact, or faction?

Republican lawmakers recently requested a special committee to probe election integrity in Montana. What’s driving the voter fraud narrative? MTFP talks to political scientists and psychologists at MIT, Harvard and the University of Montana to learn more about the causes and consequences of Donald Trump’s “Big Lie.”


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