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Enrollment Decline Slows At The University Of Montana

Feb 13, 2019
The University of Montana campus.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Enrollment continues to decline at the University of Montana but the decline has slowed.

The university counted 10,644 students for the spring 2019 semester. That is down 2.9 percent from the fall semester.

Student Loan Reporting Bill Passes State Senate

Feb 12, 2019

The Montana Senate has passed a bill that would request that the Montana University System host workshops to help students better manage their debt.

Senate Bill 87, sponsored by Senator Keith Regier from Kalispell, is scheduled for the House Education Committee Wednesday.

Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Elsie Arntzen delivers the 2019 State of Education Address at the Montana Capitol, Feb. 11, 2019.
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Public school parents will soon have a new tool to see how their local school’s academic scores compare to others across the state.

The first Every Student Succeeds Act report cards for high schools and elementary schools are expected in early to mid-March, according to a spokesperson at the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Gov. Steve Bullock.
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Publicly funded preschool is again up for debate in the state Legislature. Gov. Steve Bullock is pushing for more than $20 million to fund optional public pre-k for 4-year-olds. Bullock is also asking for $8 million to pay for preschool for Head Start programs and private providers.

This is the last chance for Bullock to pass one of the top priorities of his administration before he terms out of office in 2020.

'Capitol Talk' is MTPR's weekly legislative analysis program.
Montana Public Radio

Gov. Bullock says the state of the state is pretty good; Republicans want to tweak Medicaid expansion; Both parties appear ready to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women; And the apparent cover-up of an aide's firing over sexual harassment raises questions of how seriously Governor Bullock — and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio — take that issue. Learn more now on "Capitol Talk."

Girl doing homework using a tablet. Stock photo.
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UPSTART from the Utah-based nonprofit Waterford Institute is a computer program that guides students through academic lessons using digital books, songs and games.

Though UPSTART is meant to be fun, Waterford’s Isaac Troyo says there’s substance behind the cartoon characters and flashy animations.

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Montana State University and University of Montana students are on average tens of thousands of dollars in debt after four years in school. With that in mind, lawmakers are thinking about making financial education a bigger part of the university's responsibility. But the idea could violate the state constitution.

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The Montana Supreme Court Wednesday struck down a 2015 state law allowing tax credits for donations to private religious schools.

The court’s 5-2 ruling voids the dollar-for-dollar tax credit, up to $150, which passed, largely along party lines, out of the 2015 Montana Legislature.

Montana's 2018 infrastructure report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
American Society of Civil Engineers

There’s been some improvement in Montana’s roads, bridges and other public works projects since 2014, but they’re still generally in mediocre shape. That’s according to a new report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers. It gave Montana a ‘C’ grade Thursday in its latest analysis of public infrastructure here.

Montana School Superintendent Sets Legislative Priorities

Dec 6, 2018

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana's top education official is setting out her legislative priorities, including a proposal to make it illegal for teachers and other school staff to have sex with students, even if the student has reached the legal age of consent.

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