Key Points

  • Classroom teachers hold the most important positions in Montana public schools because they are the ones educating students every day.
  • Montana teachers experience persistent low pay and even layoffs despite public school funding steadily increasing the past 6+ years.
  • Since 2017, administration costs for Montana public schools have increased by 4.7% while money flowing to instruction has declined by over 6%.
  • Recent examples show public school districts are prioritizing budgets for increased administrator salaries while cutting educator positions.
  • School administrators are overwhelmingly represented by Montana’s public education lobbies compared to teachers, possibly influencing school decisions to prioritize administration over instruction.