Montana Schools Get $4.6M as State Settles Suit

Friday, April 6, 2012

Montana public schools will get the $4.6 million increase in state funding they’d expected this year, thanks to a settlement filed Wednesday that solved a budgeting and political dilemma.

The settlement, between the state and a coalition of schools and education groups, says schools will get a 2.43 percent increase in state funding that was approved by the 2011 Legislature.

Part of the increase had been scheduled to be reduced, after Gov. Brian Schweitzer in May 2011 vetoed an unrelated bill whose death triggered language cutting the increase.

“(We’re) hopeful that this settlement will help mitigate some of the budget pressures our members are facing for the upcoming school year,” said Mark Lambrecht of the Montana Quality Education Coalition, which filed suit last year to enforce the increase.

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