In October, an unprecedented event took place. Twenty-six charter school applications were submitted to the Montana Board of Public Education (BPE) for consideration. These 26 applications represent a remarkable statewide initiative to introduce charter schools to the Treasure State, something the education establishment has resisted for 31 years. During that time, 45 other states have...View Report
To help our followers better understand these reforms and their current status, Frontier’s Tech & Innovation Policy Analyst, Chris Isaacs unpacks these reforms in his most recent column.
"Many judicial reforms are focused on re-establishing the separation of powers through greater accountability and oversight of the judiciary."
Lawmakers can strengthen the rights of Montanans by limiting judicial bias toward the government
"Ultimately, the legislature, as representatives of the people, have a duty to act as a check on the government, ensuring standards necessary to guarantee the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary."
"Most concerning is the near complete lack of functional oversight and accountability by the Judicial Standards Commission (JSC), the official supervisory body for the judicial branch."
"As lawmakers look to strengthen the rights of Montanans, limiting the judiciary’s bias towards government could be a powerful way to ensure the courts err on the side of liberty by limiting the accumulated power of unelected regulators."
"Judges must honor our founding principles – expansive personal freedom coupled with tightly constrained legislative and executive powers – which have preserved and protected this nation for more than 230 years."
"Ideally, the judiciary should neither be immutably active nor passive. It should be vigorously engaged in securing our rights and limiting government power."