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Mark Thane

An empty classsroom.

Republicans in the Montana House of Representatives have advanced a bill to increase the tax credit residents can claim for donations that help pay student tuition at private schools. The proposal follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling that Montana can’t exclude religious schools from the tax credit program.

A bill that would provide tax relief to telecommunications companies that install broadband infrastructure in Montana is one step closer to being signed into law.

Elliston Republican Rep. Becky Beard said incentivizing companies to lay high-speed internet infrastructure would create jobs and economic activity in a state that currently ranks among the nation’s worst in broadband access.

“We have to have high-speed internet to function competitively. Even ask our schools about this necessity. It’s been a lifeline for so many of us," Beard said.

Missoula's Big Sky High School.
Big Sky High School

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Bail was set at $20,000 for a 17-year-old Montana high school student who was arrested for violating his probation after reportedly trying to run over a school resource officer at Big Sky High School in Missoula.

The state Department of Justice is currently investigating an incident in which shots were fired in the parking lot of Big Sky High School in Missoula on Friday, March 16.

Over the weekend, the Missoulian reported that the shots came from a school resource officer, after a student he was investigating fled and tried to run him over.

Police car.

About half of the students at Missoula’s Big Sky High School left early Thursday, following the discovery of graffiti in a girls bathroom Thursday morning.

A press release from Missoula County Public Schools said he graffiti read, "Don't be at Big Sky at 1:20."

The assistant principal of Hellgate High School has submitted her resignation to Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Thane today. This follows the recent data breach at MCPS where information of 1,100 students were accidentally released to a group of parents via email.

Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Thane says he’s “extremely grateful” for Tuesday’s 11th-hour victory of a $70 million high school bond issue. Local voters passed it as well as an $88 million dollar elementary bond. The levies will pay for local school maintenance, renovations, remodeling and technology and security updates.