SB 403 - Revised K-12 School Funding - Montana Key Vote


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Title: Revised K-12 School Funding

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill revising how the School Budget will be spent.


  • Establishes that the school performance must be transparent and available to the general public (Sec. 2).
  • Requires each school district to develop a five year comprehensive educational plan that includes the following (Sec. 2):
    • School level educational profile;
    • District educational goals;
    • Description of long progress goals;
    • Description of strategies;
    • Professional development plan;
    • State criterion-reference testing results; and
    • High Schools must show participation rates and results in the ACT and other similar accredited programs.
  • Requires each school district to have their school and district profiles publicly available by June 30, 2012 (Sec. 2).
  • Requires the Board of Public Education to adopt rules to integrate expanded performance measures addressing the following measures (Sec. 3):
    • Student performance by grade-proficiency or advanced performance level;
    • Student growth in an academic year;
    • Student performance of the lowest performing students in each school;
    • Graduation rates; -Career and college readiness; and
    • Acceleration rates or college-level academic work completed during high school.
  • Specifies the allocation of tax money collected from oil and gas productions to each eligible county and school district (Sec. 8).

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