Montana becomes 22nd school choice state with newly passed school choice pilot program
Yesterday, Montana became the nation’s 22nd school choice state after Gov. Steve Bullock (D) allowed Senate Bill 410 to become law, which creates a tax credit scholarship program. Now the 45th program in the country, it will give scholarships for students to attend the private school of their parents’ choice or use funds for public schools to create innovative educational programs. Bullock is the 9th Democratic governor to either sign or allow a school choice program to become law.
“We applaud the Montana Legislature for creating this new educational option for students,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “We look forward to seeing school choice continue to grow in Montana so that more families can access the educational environment that works best for their children.”
The $3 million program will provide scholarships up to 50% of a student’s traditional public school funding. The pilot program will run for eight years.
This program comes out of a legislative session where six school choice bills were introduced and five were either vetoed or killed in the Legislature. These included a charter school bill, an education savings account program and program serving students with special needs.
Learn more about school choice programs throughout the country by visiting the 2014-15 Alliance for School Choice Yearbook.
American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.