Teachers would get $60K minimum salary under bill in Congress making grants to states

BY: - January 29, 2023

WASHINGTON – A panel of policymakers and educators, including author Dave Eggers and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to promote the American Teacher Act. The bill, if passed, would authorize the federal government to create four-year grants for states to enact and enforce minimum school teacher […]

Blackfeet Family Services removes children from shelter overseen by Heart Butte superintendent

BY: - January 27, 2023

HEART BUTTE — Blackfeet Child and Family Services removed 11 children from a shelter Thursday on Heart Butte School District property overseen by Mike Tatsey, who is under scrutiny as superintendent for the district. The Feather Woman Healing Lodge is a short-term group shelter for K-12 students. Tribal officials appeared to be shuttering operations at […]

A watchdog says the feds aren’t doing enough to investigate problem colleges

BY: - January 23, 2023

WASHINGTON — Incomplete written guidelines and penalties that had not been updated since 2016. Significant turnover and reductions among staff. Changing agency priorities and department probes put “on hold.” During the past six years, these problems have stifled the U.S. Department of Education’s investigations team that is supposed to probe colleges that misrepresent themselves to […]

Child vaccination rates dip after COVID and continue downward spiral

BY: - January 22, 2023

Child vaccination rates dipped into dangerous territory during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, when schools were shuttered, and most doctors were only seeing emergency patients. But instead of recovering after schools reopened in 2021, those historically low rates worsened, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts […]

Bill would fix ‘inequity in educational opportunity,’ said sponsor — but opponents push back

BY: - January 19, 2023

Donors from Big Sky, one of the more affluent communities in Montana, claimed nearly $1.6 million in available public school tax credits in two years to support their local school. That’s more than half of the total $3 million in credits that have been available for the whole state. On the other end of the […]

Opponents say bill to change Montana obscenity law could have ‘debilitating’ effects

BY: - January 19, 2023

Libraries would be better off banning children. Museums might have to censor or throw out pictures of naked victims of the Holocaust or famine. They might need to toss out the Bible too. These were among the arguments from opponents – including librarians, museum directors, and municipal and religious officials – of House Bill 234 […]

Heart Butte Superintendent permitted teachers with positive drug tests to continue employment

BY: - January 16, 2023

Heart Butte School District Superintendent Mike Tatsey acknowledged he allowed staff in the district to remain employed despite positive drug tests. However, in a November interview, Tatsey said those who tested positive went to treatment and came back “completely fine.” “We want to help people like that,” Tatsey said. “We want them to go get […]

Montana State University student alleges free speech violations

BY: - January 13, 2023

Montana State University officials are violating a student’s right to free speech after she questioned her sorority’s “insistence” members identify themselves with preferred pronouns, alleges a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court of Montana. The lawsuit also alleges campus officials are infringing on the student’s rights with a no-contact order — one without an […]

New federal student loan repayment plan aimed at low-income borrowers

BY: - January 10, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would overhaul a federal student loan income-driven repayment plan, and, if implemented, could help millions of low-income borrowers. However, it’s unclear how the agency would be able to finance the program. Many student debt relief advocates also criticized the proposal for leaving out […]

University of Montana names law school dean finalists, internal candidates

BY: - January 9, 2023

Three internal and one external candidate are finalists for dean of the law school at the University of Montana. The three internal finalists are: Lucy France, longtime UM legal counsel, Interim Dean Elaine Gagliardi, and Kari Hong, whose resume notes she is an adjunct professor at UM for spring 2023. Hong also worked at Boston […]

Montana OPI wants to add a penalty for teachers who violate sex ed requirements

BY: - January 7, 2023

A teacher who fails to give parents and guardians advance notice of “human sexuality instruction” may be punished if the Montana Office of Public Instruction turns a legislative priority into a signed bill. As proposed by OPI, educators who don’t alert parents within 48 hours of related lessons or events would be subject to a […]

Gianforte urges Board of Regents to ban TikTok on university campuses

BY: - January 3, 2023

Gov. Greg Gianforte urged the Board of Regents to ban the social media app TikTok within the Montana University System citing security risks in a letter on Tuesday. This follows Gianforte’s memo to Chief Information Officer Kevin Gilbertson last month that the app would be banned from state devices, for state business, and while connected […]