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Montana's community choice school commission takes shape

As a state judge deliberates on whether to block one of the Legislature’s new charter school laws, elected officials forge ahead with implementation

Alex Sakariassen

Montana Free Press

A new autonomous state commission established by one of Montana’s recently passed charter school laws is beginning to take shape this month, even as a district court judge in Helena weighs whether to block the law’s implementation.

Tuesday, Gov. Greg Gianforte named Cathy Kincheloe of Whitefish and Trish Schreiber of Helmville as his appointments to the seven-member Community Choice School Commission, which will be tasked with authorizing and overseeing new charter schools under House Bill 562. According to Gianforte’s announcement, each appointee has roughl...


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