Who is responsible for assuring compliance with the Montana Accreditation Standards?
In Montana, the trustees of each school district are ultimately responsible for every aspect of the school district. Our Constitution establishes this model of strong local control in Article X, Section 8: "The supervision and control of schools in each school district shall be vested in a board of trustees to be elected as provided by law."
The Montana Board of Public Education summarized this model of local control in an introductory remark to Admin. R. Mont. 10.55.701,"Public education in Montana is accomplished by the formation of school districts governed by boards of trustees, who make policy, establish elections, propose levies, and approve expenditures, and who serve at the will of the electorate according to the Montana Constitution, the laws of Montana, and the Administrative Rules of Montana of the board of public education and other pertinent state agencies." ("Montana School Accreditation Standards and Procedures Manual," June 2001, Chapter 55, page 5.)
Therefore, the local board of trustees is responsible for assuring compliance with Montana's accreditation standards. "The board of trustees shall ensure that the school district complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations." Admin. R. Mont. 10.55.701(1). Montana's accreditation standards, promulgated by the Montana Board of Public Education as administrative rules, are part of those "local state, and federal laws and regulations."
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