Education

Gianforte’s policy director pushes education bill

BY: - February 3, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte’s policy director asked legislators on Wednesday to pass a bill that would instruct high schools requiring a foreign language to offer computer programming as an alternative. “For many of Montana’s students, computer coding might be a better option than foreign language,” said policy director Glenn Oppel. He said the governor is “passionate […]

Education secretary nominee says teachers should be prioritized for vaccines

BY: - February 3, 2021

WASHINGTON—The president’s pick to lead the U.S. Education Department said Wednesday that he wants teachers at the front of the line for vaccinations as local leaders debate reopening schools amid the pandemic. Miguel Cardona, a veteran educator from Connecticut, in his Senate confirmation hearing also faced questions from several Republicans about transgender students’ participation in […]

‘Fauci effect’ hits Montana

BY: - February 2, 2021

The University of Montana received three applications for its master’s in public health by the priority deadline in January last year. This year, UM got 22 applications by the early deadline, and it’s anticipating more before March 1. “We’ve never had an influx of (MPH applications) like this,” said Tony Ward, chairman of UM’s School […]

Bill to increase teacher pay passes House

BY: - February 1, 2021

A bill that aims to increase early-career teacher pay in Montana passed the Montana House 97-3 on Monday on second reading. Sponsored by Rep. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, and part of Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte’s proposed budget, House Bill 143 would help boost the salaries of rookie teachers with a formula that includes funding from both the […]

COMMENTARY

Legislature working to expand educational opportunities for Montana families

BY: and - January 31, 2021

This past week, students and families across the country were raising awareness for expanding K-12 educational opportunities. In Montana, our children and families are as diverse as our geography. The legislature is considering several bills this session to expand the delivery of education services and provide students with learning options that reflect their unique needs. […]

Guns bill advances to Senate floor

BY: - January 29, 2021

A bill to expand permitless carry in Montana is heading to the Senate floor — with a singsong “yes” vote from Sen. Theresa Manzella of Hamilton and great enthusiasm from Sen. Steve Hinebauch in committee. “I’m excited about this bill,” said Hinebauch, a Wibaux Republican. “I think it’s the best bill we’re going to vote […]

Montana Chamber backs student loan bill

BY: - January 28, 2021

The most common sign a business will post in Montana these days – besides “Masks Required” – is “Help Wanted.” “Recruiting and retaining workers is emerging as the No. 1 challenge for Montana businesses,” said the Montana Chamber of Commerce’s Bridger Mahlum, who made the comment this week about signs. Mahlum was among proponents of […]

Dems outraged at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green to education panel

BY: - January 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are denouncing GOP leaders for tapping Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to serve on the Education and Labor Committee, amid a growing outcry over the Georgia Republican’s past comments challenging the veracity of deadly school shootings. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “appalling” that Republicans selected someone who “has mocked the killing […]

Guns bill heads back to committee

BY: - January 27, 2021

A bill to expand permitless carry of guns in Montana will return from the Senate floor to the Judiciary Committee. The bill earlier passed the House, and Tuesday, it passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, a confusing executive session in committee left Democrats irritated at the product and process, and at least one Republican pledging to […]

Campus free speech bill returns to Montana legislature

BY: - January 27, 2021

Supporters of a bill that aims to protect free speech on public college campuses contradicted school administrators who said campus policies already do just that. In a lengthy opening argument, the bill’s sponsor, Mike Hopkins, R-Missoula, said current university policies allow campuses to silence groups by muzzling public speakers and establishing free speech zones. He […]

Bill limiting transgender athletic participation passes the house

BY: - January 27, 2021

House Bill 112, which would prohibit transgender women from participating on sports teams that align with their gender identity passed the house on a 61-38 vote Wednesday. Opponents of the bill have been vocal and argue it would be detrimental to trans folks — a group that already sees higher rates of suicide — mental […]

Opposition trounces support during testimony of union labor bill

BY: - January 22, 2021

Opponents of a labor bill argued Friday that it is an overstep by the government and would chip away at the strength of unions over time by not allowing them to bargain for non-dues paying members. “This is an MFPE killer,”said Amanda Curtis, president of the Montana Federation of Public Employees. “They’ve got both barrels […]