Biden unveils latest round of student loan cancellation to aid 153,000 borrowers 

BY: - February 21, 2024

President Joe Biden expanded his push to eliminate student loan debt Wednesday, saying during a speech the initiative is part of a campaign promise to address the “broken” system. “While a college degree is still a ticket to a better life, that ticket is too expensive,” Biden said. “And too many Americans are still saddled […]

Montana State University under investigation for discrimination on basis of disability

BY: - February 21, 2024

Montana State University has received a fourth notice it is under investigation by the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education. This notice, sent Feb. 2 to MSU President Waded Cruzado and first reported by the Bozeman Chronicle, said federal officials will investigate whether the Bozeman flagship failed to protect people from […]

Kids are flooded with social media and news. Some states want to help them question it.

BY: - February 18, 2024

Young people may be digital natives, but many of them aren’t equipped to deal with the increasing onslaught of disinformation and deepfakes appearing in their social media feeds. A growing number of states think they have an antidote – media literacy education. The goal of media literacy, sometimes called digital citizenship or information literacy, is […]

Montana State University sets spring record, University of Montana ups enrollment

BY: - February 15, 2024

Montana State University reported a record number of students enrolled this spring semester — a 3% increase over last spring — and the University of Montana reported a 2.4% increase in the same period. In a news release this week, MSU said its 16,110 students represent an all-time spring enrollment record for the Bozeman flagship […]

Montana superintendent candidates ramp up campaigns, report earnings

BY: - February 10, 2024

A Democrat running for Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction continued to outpace both Republicans in fundraising in the most recent quarter, and candidates are touting top endorsements as campaign season gets underway. Democrat Shannon O’Brien, an educator and earlier policy advisor to former Gov. Steve Bullock, raised more than twice as much money through the […]

Former Billings superintendent serving as Heart Butte interim leadership

BY: - February 7, 2024

The Heart Butte School Board selected former Billings Superintendent Greg Upham to serve as interim school superintendent as the school works to balance its budget with a $2.5 million deficit. Board co-chair Edith Horn Wagner said during a meeting with state officials Tuesday she likes the suggestions Upham has been offering. Upham said he started […]

Plaintiffs ask court to find ‘community choice school’ act unenforceable, request summary judgment

BY: - February 7, 2024

In September, a district court judge partly stopped a “community choice school” act the legislature approved in 2023 because it is likely unconstitutional — and plaintiffs asked the court this week to find House Bill 562 is in fact unconstitutional and unenforceable in a request for summary judgment. “If HB 562 is implemented, it will wreak […]

Critics say public universities are spending too much outside the classroom

BY: - February 4, 2024

Spending on administrative expenses at U.S. public universities has outpaced spending on academic roles in recent years, leading some students and alumni to question how wisely schools are allocating student tuition money and scarce state dollars. A conservative-leaning group that tracks higher education dollars found that administrative spending — which it defines as including such things […]

Federal Office for Civil Rights officials to visit Montana State University

BY: - January 30, 2024

Montana State University received notice last week the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating a third discrimination complaint against the Bozeman flagship. The Jan. 25 notification letter to MSU President Waded Cruzado said the Office for Civil Rights will investigate whether the university discriminated against a student by failing to respond […]

Lawsuit challenges education bill for students with disabilities as unconstitutional

BY: - January 23, 2024

A bill proposed to help children with disabilities actually represents a “staggering” loss of funding to public schools in the form of a “blank check,” would be a hit to rural districts, and unconstitutionally routes state money to private institutions “at the discretion of private individuals,” according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The voucher program […]

Public universities seek innovative ways to teach humanities as interest wanes

BY: - January 20, 2024

Last year, Ashley Lawson, a communications major at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, had to take a journalism class online, even though the professor teaching the course was on her own campus. Lawson was in the class with students from Lock Haven, Bloomsburg and Mansfield universities, which had been integrated in 2022 under the name […]

State superintendent, legislators and stakeholders discuss solutions for Heart Butte

BY: - January 12, 2024

The state, the Blackfeet Tribe, Pondera County, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s office and the Heart Butte School District are working together to find solutions to keep the school district open after the district uncovered millions in deficits. Montana State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen and the Office of Public Instruction hosted a discussion Friday afternoon with stakeholders. […]