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Montana schools see rash of budget shortfalls

Citing a federal funding cliff, declining enrollment and an out-of-date state funding formula, some of the state’s largest districts are turning to local voters for help with education levies on the May 7 ballot

Alex Sakariassen

Montana Free Press

Recent months have seen a rash of headlines across Montana regarding multimillion-dollar budget shortfalls in many of the state’s largest public school districts. The specter of cuts to staff and resources for students looms large, and local officials are leveraging the harsh financial outlook in their appeals for additional taxpayer support as voters begin casting ballots in the May 7 school elections.

That outlook paints a distressing picture for educators and community members alike.

In Missoula, staff reductions in the face of an $8 million shortfall hav...

 

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