Parents worried Montana to miss out on $36M, Missoula Food Bank sees busiest month in 40 years

BY: - April 25, 2022

People worried about Montana losing out on $36.6 million in money for children this summer continue to advocate that the state submit a plan to secure the federal funds for food. “We’re definitely aware that it’s important to parents,” said Wren Greaney, advocacy coordinator with the Montana Food Bank Network. “We heard from previous rounds […]

LGBTQ community, people of color in the crosshairs of banned book movement

BY: - April 15, 2022

Students in one Pennsylvania school district are not allowed to read a biography of the first Black President, Barack Obama. In some Tennessee classrooms, a nonfiction comic book about the atrocities of the Holocaust is banned. And one school district in Wisconsin banned from libraries a picture book about a gay rights activist who was […]

University of Montana law school dean finalists discuss national ranking, Title IX and fly fishing

BY: - April 13, 2022

Fly fishing, high national rankings, Title IX challenges and housing prices were among the topics three finalists for dean of the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law discussed in recent campus forums. The recorded forums, (available here) are part of the search committee’s review of candidates, who talked about challenges and opportunities at […]

Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases could curb colleges’ use of affirmative action

BY: - April 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices could fundamentally reshape the college admissions process later this year when it takes up two landmark cases challenging affirmative action in higher education. The court recently agreed to hear two cases that challenge race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, the nation’s oldest private and […]

More than 1,500 books have been banned in public schools, and a U.S. House panel asks why

BY: - April 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee panel on Thursday examined why thousands of books, predominantly written by marginalized authors, have been banned from public schools, and the impact of those actions on students and teachers. “Most books being targeted for censorship are books that introduce ideas about diversity or our common humanity, […]

Pause on federal student loan repayments extended by Biden through Aug. 31

BY: - April 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration Wednesday announced its plans to extend the pause on federal student loan repayments until the end of August. “I recognized in recently extending the COVID-19 national emergency, we are still recovering from the pandemic and the unprecedented economic disruption it caused,” President Joe Biden said in a statement.  “If loan payments […]

Audit finds cybersecurity concerns at Montana State University, University of Montana

BY: - April 6, 2022

Cybersecurity is at risk at both Montana State University and the University of Montana, and both campuses are vulnerable to data breaches and ransomware attacks, according to an information systems report from the Legislative Audit Division. “Each university is in a place where they are spending valuable time reacting to the effects of risks as […]

Largest school district in state changes direction, attempts interpreting what Legislature meant

BY: - April 5, 2022

Montana’s largest school district found itself with too little clarity and too little money at a special meeting on Tuesday night, the second in as many weeks. At issue was trying to interpret a change to Montana law that would allow students up to the age of 21, with certain requirements, to remain in school […]

Groups line up to weigh in on the subject of carrying guns on Montana campuses

BY: - April 5, 2022

From the looks of it, the Montana Supreme Court has a lot of friends. That’s one conclusion to be drawn from the stacks of paper submitted as “friends of the court” briefs in a lawsuit regarding House Bill 102, which expanded the right to carry firearms in Montana, including on public campuses. Late last year, […]

Gianforte Administration opposes ‘equity’ in educator ethics code, demands change

BY: - March 29, 2022

Against the advice of legal counsel — but under the bullish urging of Lt. Gov. Kristen Juras — the Montana Board of Public Education amended its agenda earlier this month to declare that one of its advisory councils acted without authority when it included “equity” as part of the educator code of ethics. The split […]

Plaintiffs in Title IX identify 76 potential litigants in discrimination case against UM

BY: - March 28, 2022

A group of plaintiffs alleging gender discrimination against the University of Montana and the Montana University System have counted 72 other people to date who they argue could potentially make similar claims, according to a brief and motion filed last week in U.S. District Court in Missoula to certify the Title IX lawsuit as a […]

Montana superintendent of public instruction hires special education director

BY: - March 26, 2022

After JP Williams nearly died from COVID-19 in spring 2021, he said he made a commitment to himself: “When I get out of this, I’m going to go to the wall for every child that I can help, no matter if they were going to my school or another school.” Friday, the Montana Office of […]