Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’

WASHINGTON—Teachers from Tennessee to Iowa are swept up in a wave of outrage led by GOP politicians nationwide regarding how schools teach kids about race in U.S. history. Conservatives have pilloried much instruction about systemic...

Where did that 60 million years go?

Visitors to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park might have noticed an odd geological feature near the top of Mount Everts—an unconformity! This juxtaposition of different rocks serves as a marker of missing...

Montana medical school clash reveals fight between for-profit and non-profit

Two universities are eyeing the chance to be the first to build a medical school in one of the few states without one. The jockeying of the two schools — one a nonprofit, the...

Many Asian Americans are struggling — invisibly

Like many low-wage restaurant workers, Su Hua Mei and her husband lost their jobs last spring as the pandemic took hold.   With a toddler to care for, it’s been a harrowing time for this immigrant...

Prison gerrymandering poses a question of fairness and logistics in Montana

Six months ago, lawmakers and policy experts in Montana were contemplating a legislative proposal for the forthcoming session to end what's known as prison gerrymandering — a political consequence of a longstanding U.S. Census...

If you love our country, don’t ban its history

Opponents of critical race theory don’t want us to ask what we can learn from the past. But that’s the whole point of studying history. Across the country, several states have passed or introduced bills that...

An ode to the (free) official state highway map

His name was going to be Robert Jordan. It was my nod to Hemingway’s hero in “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” His Jordan was a fictional young man who left his job teaching Spanish...

MSU: Dismiss lawsuit asking for reimbursement of tuition, fees

Montana State University has filed a motion to dismiss the possible class action lawsuit that asks the school to reimburse tuition and fees for students after it shut down in-person classes during the COVID-19...

Big, bad forest clear cutting continues

Clearcuts are not illegal, but they should be. Yet politicians like Sen. Steve Daines and Gov. Greg Gianforte mislead the public by claiming the Forest Service no longer clearcuts. But obviously the Forest Service and...

Tester urges bipartisan legislation instead of blowing up the filibuster

Sen. Jon Tester didn’t leave the farm in Big Sandy to do nothing in the United States Senate. But with partisan gridlock and Senate’s filibuster rule, which has been invoked to stymie much legislation, Tester...

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