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Governor:Steve Bullock
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Denise Juneau
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:144,129
Number of school districts:409
Number of public schools:824
Number of public school teachers:10,310
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,625
Percent minority students:19.5%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:41.4%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.4%
Percent of English-language learners:2.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.9%
8th grade math:38.9%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:37.3%
8th grade reading:36.9%

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Thirteen Western states that are home to more than 93 percent of the nation’s federally owned land have formed a coalition to lobby Washington for an annual $4 billion in lost local and state property-tax revenues on the federal land, nearly $1.9 billion of which would have gone to pay for public education.
December 13, 2006 – Education Week
As a series of recent high-profile cases have shown, more than ever, school finance plaintiffs are finding it is easier to win at trial than in the lobbies of the state capitol.
April 6, 2005 – Education Week
In the legislative session that begins in January, Montana lawmakers will be under the gun to come up with a definition for a “quality” public education, following the Montana Supreme Court’s decision last week to strike down the state’s school funding formula.
November 17, 2004 – Education Week
The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that Montana's public schools aren't adequately financed because the current funding system isn't based on "educationally relevant factors."
November 11, 2004 – Education Week (Web)
While the Washington state superintendent’s race was the most closely watched nationally, incumbents swept races in three more of the five states electing schools chiefs this year. Includes table of results of five races.
November 10, 2004 – Education Week
Nationwide, five states will hold elections for the top education post on Nov. 2. A total of 14 states elect their schools chiefs.
October 13, 2004 – Education Week
Montana’s American Indians have for decades argued that local public schools aren’t complying with a state constitutional requirement to teach students about Indian history and culture. Now, a judge, ruling in a high-profile school finance case, agrees.
April 28, 2004 – Education Week
In a sign that disenchantment with the "No Child Left Behind" Act of 2001 may be growing in rural America, Montana's Republican governor wants the federal government to change parts of the law that she believes will hit many rural schools and states the hardest.
April 2, 2003 – Education Week

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