School Groups, State Argue in School Funding Case

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – School groups want a judge to tell the state it does not adequately fund schools and hasn’t met the requirements of the court’s 4-year-old school funding ruling.

The Montana Quality Education Coalition argued Monday that the state has not done everything needed to satisfy a District Court decision that declared the state’s school funding system unconstitutional.

Earlier this year, District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock said he was unsure if the state had fixed the school funding formula.

The judge ordered both sides back into court for the compliance proceeding, and said he was worried that most school funding is still funneled through the old formula that he found problematic.

Both sides gave closing arguments Monday.