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Students rally in downtown Billings in support of school levy

Posted at 6:17 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:49:30-04

BILLINGS – Students, teachers, and families rallied Tuesday on the courthouse lawn in downtown Billings to show their support a proposed Levy for Billings School District 2, and with a very clear message, the proposed levy is much needed.

According to, the $971,467 levy would allow the district to purchase new textbooks and instructional materials for Billings high schools. It would also allow funds to hire four additional career counselors to help students develop career pathways.

Students and teachers spoke of outdated textbooks and dated science labs falling apart.

Some of the textbooks date back to 2005, making it a challenge for students to learn about current happenings.

“It’s so weird it’s like my government book says my most recent president was George Bush” said Clara Bentler, a senior at Billings Senior High School. “It’s important to us to be able to when we want to move on. Or into college or into work that we are prepared with information that would be able to compete with other students in the state of Montana and the United States.”