HELENA — Montana school officials are settling a lawsuit over a decision to cut off tuition assistance to a 4-year-old Columbus girl enrolled in a Christian preschool.
The girl's parents filed a complaint last year against the Office of Public Instruction over the decision to cut off funding.
School officials at the time cited federal regulations and a Montana Constitution clause that says education funds can't be used for religious instruction or to aid church-run schools.
Attorneys for the family say the settlement makes sure the girl will receive tuition aid granted under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The settlement says state and local school officials will not interpret current laws to prohibit special education funding at a religious school.