Preschool Bill Dies in Montana Legislative Committee

Proposed bill would have provided publicly funded preschool in Montana

By Molly Priddy

HELENA — A proposed bill that would have provided publicly funded preschool in Montana has failed in a state legislative committee.

The Billings Gazette reports that House Education Committee tabled House Bill 755 on a 9-8 vote Wednesday, effectively killing it.

The move is a blow to Gov. Steve Bullock’s ambitions to create a publicly funded preschool system. The proposal was carried by Republican Rep. Eric Moore, of Miles City, who advocated for a school choice-rooted system that included private providers.

The bill drew opposition from several public education advocacy groups for its inclusion of private providers who would receive public money, and for a potential jurisdictional clash with the Board of Public Education.

Others said that the bill, if not perfect, was the best option for putting preschool funding in place.

Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup.

Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.