By Caven Wade and Elinor Smith
UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism 

Lawmakers set to debate charter schools in state during second half of legislative session


March 17, 2023

The 68th Montana Legislature is halfway through its 90-day session and while the budget is the biggest focus of the Legislature in the second half, other topics, including education, will not be far behind.

Republicans and Democrats have found some common ground on education with bills like Senate Bill 8, from Sen. Shannon O’Brien, D-Missoula, which would update personalized learning programs across the state. However, the two parties are still far apart when it comes to other issues.

Republicans want to give parents more rights in their child’s education, while also setting up more tr...

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