Twenty-one teachers in Montana earn national board certification

BY: - December 20, 2022

Twenty-one Montana teachers earned National Board Certification, and another 17 successfully renewed their certification, according to an announcement from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards this week. There are a total of 175 National Board Certified teachers in the state according to a release from the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation, which administers the program […]

With Hanukkah coming, Montana Jewish Project celebrates by creating classroom kits

BY: - December 9, 2022

The newly formed Montana Jewish Project had already been planning to conduct more outreach and education in the state, and saw Hanukkah festivities as a new opportunity to build understanding, especially with what they see as a rise in anti-Semitism around the country. The Montana Jewish Project has just recently been able to buy back Montana’s […]

OPI report: No evidence to support prison cheating

BY: - December 7, 2022

An investigation into allegations a test administrator helped inmates cheat on a high school equivalency exam at the Shelby prison found “no confirming evidence” to support the claims, according to records from the Office of Public Instruction. “The reporting individual was unable to provide supporting evidence or additional witnesses to validate his claim,” the investigation […]

Architects, accountants worry that ‘red tape reduction’ initiative goes too far

BY: - December 4, 2022

As Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte campaigned for the top administrative position in the state, he did so largely on his business bonafides, a tech entrepreneur who grew a nearly $1 billion business out of his home and into a tech hub. He parlayed that business experience and acumen into politics, where he said both innovation […]

More scholarship funding, more reading, more teacher pay top Gianforte’s education priorities

BY: - December 3, 2022

Gov. Greg Gianforte called on parents — and grandparents, aunts and uncles — to help close the learning gap that emerged after the COVID-19 pandemic by doing one thing. “It’s easy. Please read to your kids 20 minutes a day. This will help close the gap,” Gianforte said. Reading and math scores have fallen in […]

Anthony Johnstone nomination clears Senate Judiciary, heads to full Senate

BY: - December 1, 2022

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved University of Montana law professor Anthony Johnstone’s nomination to be a judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on an 11-10-1 vote, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. The nomination now awaits a vote by the full Senate, controlled by Democrats.  “Anthony Johnstone has a […]

U.S. Supreme Court to review Biden student debt relief plan in February

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear oral arguments in February over a legal challenge by six Republican-led states to the Biden administration student borrower relief plan. Until the arguments are heard and the court issues a ruling, the $400 billion Biden plan is on hold due to a nationwide injunction ordered in the lawsuit […]

‘Friends of the Montana Constitution’ announced

BY: - November 28, 2022

Mae Nan Ellingson, the youngest Delegate to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention, announced in a news release Monday the formation of Friends of the Montana Constitution, a Montana nonprofit and nonpartisan educational corporation. The news release noted Friends, led by Ellingson, has three purposes as follows: Promoting and enhancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of […]

Colleges struggle to recruit therapists for students in crisis

BY: - November 28, 2022

Early in his first quarter at the University of California-Davis, Ryan Manriquez realized he needed help. A combination of pressures — avoiding COVID-19, enduring a breakup, dealing with a disability, trying to keep up with a tough slate of classes — hit him hard. “I felt the impact right away,” said Manriquez, 21. After learning […]

Montana team takes a national win at FFA convention

BY: - November 26, 2022

Sporting traditional blue jackets and winning medals, Shaun Billingsley and Gus Turner of Missoula County Public Schools got a round of applause this month for bringing home a first place award from the national FFA convention — a first for the Missoula FFA team and first Montana win in more than a decade, according to […]

After public outcry, Montana standards for counselors, librarians, to stay in place

BY: - November 23, 2022

The Montana Board of Public Education plans to keep existing ratios between students and librarians, school counselors and superintendents — contrary to the Office of Public Instruction’s recommendation to eliminate the minimum requirements. The board also plans to retain ratios between students and principals, which OPI had recommended changing. However, at a meeting last week […]

Student loan repayment pause extended by White House amid legal battles over relief plan

BY: - November 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Education announced on Tuesday it is extending the pandemic-era pause on federal student loan repayments until June 30 while legal challenges to the administration’s student debt relief program are fought over in the courts. The agency said if the student debt relief program has not been put in place by […]