Mike Nicosia, vice chair of the Montana Quality Education Coalition, said the longer the Legislature and administration wait to address the shortfall, the more difficult it will be on the school districts.
"Looking at fiscal year '09 and the impact to so many of our districts, a special session is really the only answer," Nicosia
said after the failed vote.MQEC
spearheaded the lawsuit that led to a 2004 court decision declaring Montana's funding of schools inadequate.
"Something that has always troubled me about waiting for mill levies or waiting for a special session is the fact that we begin to talk to our teachers about the fact that they may not be renewed, and they begin to look, and they begin to leave," Nicosia
said that's why even talk of cutbacks can hurt districts as worried teachers leave before the ax falls.
"When we begin to look at dismantling our programs, people are going to become afraid and leave," Nicosia