Montana governor nixes sole school-choice bill

Friday, May 24, 2013
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Montana Governor Steve Bullock vetoed a school-choice bill when it reached his desk recently, disappointing parents in the Treasure State.

Senate Bill 81 would have created a state income tax credit for people and businesses who donate to a school-choice program, Jeff Reed of the Friedman Foundation for School Choice tells OneNewsNow.

Reed

When Montana voters understood the concept of school choice, "they were supportive of the idea," says Reed.

"Parents spoke out in support of this," he adds.

Montana is one of only a few states without charter schools or school choice. During the 2012 session Democrats in the state legislature, joined by some Republicans, killed other bills related to school choice and charter schools, but Senate Bill 81 survived.

According to Reed, it was disappointing that Governor Bullock failed to follow other Democratic governors by allowing Montana to have more school-choice opportunities.

"If the governor is such a strong supporter of public schools, he should have taken a different type of action on this bill," says Reed. 

Bullock vetoed 71 bills, most of them Republican measures, including Senate Bill 81.  

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