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Governor:Brian Schweitzer
Superintendent of Public Instruction:Denise Juneau
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:141,693
Number of school districts:419
Number of public schools:827
Number of public school teachers:10,361
Unadjusted education spending per student:$10,565
Percent minority students:18.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:40.8%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.8%
Percent of English-language learners:2.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:45.0%
8th grade math:39.6%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:34.7%
8th grade reading:40.3%

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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 16, 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 9, 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 12, 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
Back in their classrooms after a nearly three-week strike that ended just before Thanksgiving, teachers in Billings, Mont., approved a hard-fought contract last week that will give them 2.5 percent pay raises and additional help with health insurance.
December 11, 2002 - Education Week
Montana's teachers' union has joined 11 school districts and a group of parents in a lawsuit against the state, saying it doesn't spend enough on schools for students to receive the high-quality education guaranteed by the state constitution.
September 18, 2002 - Education Week
Two Montana school district trustees have filed a lawsuit contending that the state's method of financing K-12 schools violates the state constitution.
June 13, 2001 - Education Week

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