Montana’s Office of Public Instruction reported to the Board of Public Education this week that the agency currently has nearly 25 vacant positions, 15 of which are in various stages of recruitment. But OPI said it faces challenges in finding new hires, and its assessment of staffing levels drew a critical response from key public…
Rep. Derek Skees, R-Kalispell, also called the state’s foundational legal document a “socialist rag” in a comment reported by the Flathead Beacon.
In 2016, a housing needs assessment conducted by the city of Whitefish found the town needed 980 new housing units over the following four years, with 605 of those priced below the market rate to ensure that people who work in the community are able to live there. Pandemic-driven in-migration has only exacerbated the need.
Following pushback from industry stakeholders and lawmakers, the Montana Department of Revenue has removed an unpopular ban on CBD products from the state’s cannabis program, along with a rule that would have barred people with minor criminal convictions from working in the cannabis industry.
Public schools nationwide are embroiled in a range of hot-button debates, from parental rights to critical race theory. Those topics were on the menu for Montana educators Tuesday during the Office of Public Instruction’s School Law Conference.
Montana this week signed onto its third lawsuit against the Biden administration’s new vaccination requirements. Here’s a summary of what those rules would do and where the legal challenges stand.