Montana Department of Education, Amendment C-30 (1996)

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The Montana Department of Education Amendment, also known as C-30, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 5, 1996 ballot in Montana, where it was defeated.

C-30 sought to create a Department of Education and a state Education Commission and abolish the Board of Regents, Board of Education and Higher Education Commission.

Election results

C-30 (Department of Education)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No242,14663.0%
Yes 142,224 37.0%

Official results via: The Montana Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

The Legislature submitted this proposal for a vote. It would amend the Montana Constitution to eliminate the Board of Regents of Higher Education, the State Board of Education, and the Commissioner of Higher Education, and replace them with a Department of Education, with a director appointed by the Governor. It would also create an eight-member appointed State Education Commission whose duties would be determined by the Legislature. The Board of Public Education, which has general supervision over the public school system, would not be eliminated. If approved the measure would not take full effect until January 1, 2001.
Fiscal Statement: Although the current budget for staff in the Office of Commissioner of Higher Education is approximately $2.4 million per year, the actual fiscal impact of the constitutional amendment cannot be determined at this time, as it would depend upon a budget proposed by the governor and approved by the legislature.[1]

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