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House passes Windy Boy charter school proposal


February 28, 2017

HELENA (AP) — The Montana House has passed a bill to change the rules on charter schools for the state.

The House approved the measure 55-44 Monday. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The bill by Democratic Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy of Box Elder would allow a school district to request a charter school if 20 percent of voters there petition for one.

Windy Boy and Republican Reps. Jim O’Hara of Fort Benton and Casey Knudsen of Malta voted for the bill. Rep. Jacob Bachmeier D-Havre voted against it.

The schools would not be subject to the state Board of Public Education’s su...

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