Over the past year and a half, Attorney General Austin Knudsen and Superintendent Elsie Arntzen have found common ground on some of education’s most heated issues, from critical race theory to federal protections for transgender people.
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At last count, Altacare was offering comprehensive in-school mental health services for 307 Montana students. The company’s closure, announced to state officials in May, speaks to broader financial and regulatory pressures on other providers in the state.
A committee tasked with reviewing Montana’s school quality regulations parted ways Friday after failing to reach consensus on the issue of state-mandated school counselor ratios.
Missoula’s school board approved a major change to Paxson Elementary’s nine-year-old Spanish immersion program. But the shift to a less immersive model has ruptured parent trust.
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Last month, the Montana University System announced its first statewide enrollment increase in roughly a decade. Data indicates out-of-state and grad students are playing a key role.
Superintendent Elsie Arntzen says her recent recommendations to change school standards are geared toward expanding local control. But critics fear her proposals will erode educational quality and make staffing challenges worse.
State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen took the public, and members of a regulatory review committee, by surprise this week with a recommendation that Montana nix its mandated school counselor ratio.
In Bozeman and other small cities like it across the West, the population is exploding faster than schools can keep up.
For nearly a year, public education stakeholders have been discussing regulatory changes to ease teacher licensing in Montana. The Board of Public Education took one of its final steps toward approving those revisions Thursday after settling more than 130 public comments.
Debates over masking, critical race theory and parental rights have stirred up a frenzy of interest in school board elections across the country. But in Bozeman, four candidates vying for two trustee positions say they’ve largely attempted to disengage from the widespread politicization.
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