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The Office of Public Instruction recognizes parents as a child’s first teacher and encourages parental engagement throughout a child’s education.

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Upcoming Events

Local Accountability: How Recent Legislation Affects Families, Students, and Communities.

All discussions will take place from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM via Zoom and will be moderated by the Office of Public Instruction's Chief Legal Counsel.

The discussions times and topics are:

  • June 21, 2023 - Comparing Charter School Bills: Public Charter Schools (HB 549) and Community Choice Schools (HB 562)

Recording | Meeting Agenda | Comparison of Charter School Bills

  • July 26, 2023 - Discussing Obscenity (HB 234), Notification Requirements (HB 744), and Religious Freedom (HB 745)

RecordingMeeting Agenda | Legislation Summary

  • August 23, 2023 - Special Needs Equal Opportunity Act (HB 393)

Recording | Meeting Agenda | Legislation Summary

  • September 20, 2023 - Parental Rights (HB 676 and SB 518)

Recording | Meeting Agenda | Legislation Summary HB 676 |  SB 518  

  • October 25, 2023

Meeting Agenda | Legislation Summary

  • November 29, 2023

Meeting Agenda | Legislation Summary

  • December 13, 2023

Meeting Agenda | Legislation Summary

Additional discussions will take place during the fall.

Join each meeting here

Legislative Action that Affected Families and Education


HB 234: Revise dissemination of obscene material to minors laws

HB 359: Prohibit minors from attending drag shows

HB 361: Provide that use name and sex by a student is not discrimination

HB 450: Protect physical self-defense in schools

HB 504: Revise school laws to require trustees to adopt a grievance policy

HB 603: Provide for reinstatement of parental rights

HB 676: Revise laws to clarify fundamental parental rights

HB 684: Prohibit use of vaccination status in certain administrative/legal proceedings

HB 715: Revise school immunization laws

HB 744: Revise laws to protect religious expression for students and teachers

HB 745: Revise laws related to religious materials and prayer in schools

SB 99: Provide for a youth health protection act

SB 116: Revise confidentiality provision related to child protective services cases

SB 339: Establish reasonable childhood independence laws

SB 458: Define sex in Montana law

SB 480: Remove opt-in requirement for student contact information on ACT test

SB 518: Revise parental rights laws to increase parental involvement in education


Montana Families

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Email your photos and the OPI Digital Release Form to Jenna McKinney


OPI Staff are here to help:

Jenna McKinney, Family Engagement Specialist

OPI Assessment Help Desk, 844-867-2569



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