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Today’s IR is running a story about the current controversy surrounding the school funding issue. As I suspected, the committee charged with coming up with a school funding formula to satisfy the court order last year that found that Montana’s current funding system violates the Montana Constitution. I suspect that part of the problem is that this is tough and nobody wants to make the tough choices that are required to deal with our seemingly backwards funding crisis. I don’t have a solution, either, however, I suspect that the only real solution will require politically unpopular moves like school district consolidation and allowing alternative regimes for administration. I also suspect that the funding issue would also be partially solved by dealing with factors outside of education like the rising costs of energy and health care. Whatever the solution, I don’t think this panel or this style of discussion will do so. Someone (Mr. Governor?) needs to step in and make some decisions.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we\'d certainly appreciate it.

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