Wyoming Attracts Montana Teachers

Last Updated: October 10, 2008

This article appeared in the October 2008 Rural Policy Matters

More than 400 Montana teachers have moved in recent years to Wyoming to teach, according to a report in Montana’s Great Falls Tribune. The reason is basic: money. Wyoming has boosted funding for K-12 education dramatically, and now spends nearly three times as much per pupil as Montana. A federal mineral tax on coal mining, which dedicates over one-third of the revenue to Wyoming schools, is a major reason. About three-fourths of Montana’s teaching graduates leave the state, many to Wyoming.

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