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Federal education decision makes small cut to Havre schools

Tester introducing legislation to reverse funding decision


Havre Daily News/Jack Lambert

Children crowd around the basketball hoops while playing Friday afternoon during recess at Highland Park Early Primary School. Highland Park and other Havre public elementary schools are facing a small budget cut due to a U.S. Department of Education funding eligibility change. Sen. Jon Tester D-Mont., announced he is introducing legislation to preserve funding for the 220 rural Montana schools affected.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester D-Mont., announced last Wednesday he will be introducing a new legislation to preserve funding for 2020 Montana rural schools, reversing what he called "a reckless decision" by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos to change eligibility for rural schools receiving funding through the Rural Low-Income Schools program.

A release from Tester's office said the change will cause an estimated 65 percent decrease in eligibility in Montana, one of the highest rates in the nation, and will cause as many as 220 Montana schools to lose more than $400,000 in Rural Low-Income S...

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