SB 374--previously HB 315 Public Charter Schools; Rep. Dave Lewis

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This bill has been re-introduced, this time into the Senate, after failing 3rd reading in the House.  It would allow Montanans to form public Charter Schools. Public funded Charter Schools exist in almost all states. A “Charter” is essentially a contract between the charter organizers and an authorizer. The charter is a plan of how the school will be operated and who it will serve. 

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HB 288 Special Education Savings Account; Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer

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This bill allows parents of students with and Individual Education Plan (IEP) who are enrolled or were enrolled the prior year in a public school or who are starting school to choose an Education Saving Account. The parent would inform the resident School District that they are choosing an Education Savings Account.

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SB 81 Tax Credit Scholarships and Education Improvement Grants; Senator Dave Lewis

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Allows 10 million dollars to individual taxpayers and corporations in tax credits for donations made to non-profit organizations. These non-profits must:

  • give scholarships to students to attend a school of the parent’s choice or 
  • give grants to public schools to add educational opportunities to their curriculum and, or
  • give grants to Montana colleges for vocational technical programs
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HB 213 Tuition Tax Credit; Rep. Steve Fitzpatrick

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This modest tax credit of up to $550.00 per student for tuition paid to any private school is not refundable, may be carried forward for five years and may be split between individuals filing separately. 

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HB 357 Education Saving Accounts; Rep. Kris Hansen

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This bill allows parents with students who are enrolled or were enrolled the prior year in a public school or who are starting school to choose an Education Saving Account. The parent would inform the resident School District that they are choosing an Education Savings Account.

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HB 390 Special Education Scholarship; Rep. Jonathan McNiven

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This bill allows parents with students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to choose a school that they determine is right for their child. Parents who want this option would inform their resident school district that they are choosing a special education scholarship. 

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