Key Points:

  • Increased public education funding has not translated into better academic outcomes for Montana students.
  • Since 2018, total enrollment in Montana public schools only increased by 2% but funding grew by 27%.
  • Instruction and student services have gotten a smaller and smaller slice of the funding pie as schools spend more money on facilities and administration.
  • The average Montana teacher salary is around $53,000, less than 15% of the funding available for a classroom of 25 students and only 30% of what the schools say they are spending on instruction.
  • By investing taxpayer dollars in innovation, school choice, and healthy competition, Montana may be able to start getting more bang for the taxpayer buck.