Bill that would allow children to attend school without vaccination squeaks by in committee

BY: - February 24, 2021

A bill that would change the definition of “immunity” for school attendance and allow children to go to school without vaccines squeaked through the House Education Committee on a 9-8 vote this week. “I’m a strong proponent of choice, and ultimately, this bill provides a choice,” said Rep. Scot Kerns, R-Great Falls. Chair Rep. Seth […]

Montana Historical Society offers new virtual tour of Montana’s Capitol

BY: - February 22, 2021

The pandemic threw a curveball to Montana’s 4-H and Future Farmer of America’s annual tour of the Montana Capitol Building, so 4-H and FFA coordinator Andee Baker turned to the Montana Historical Society for help. The state agency partnered with the non-profit Helena Civic TV’s Jeanie Warner to create a video tour of the capitol […]

Bill removes degree requirement for superintendent

BY: - February 19, 2021

Rep. David Bedey, R-Hamilton, took heat this week for proposing the Superintendent of Public Instruction shouldn’t need a bachelor’s degree for the job. Dennis Parmam, head of the Montana Rural Education Association, said he worked in the Office of Public Instruction for seven years, directly for a superintendent making thousands of decisions in that time. […]

Fauci: Pandemic was ‘worst nightmare’

BY: - February 17, 2021

The No. 1 question for Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday during the 2021 Mansfield Lecture was this: “When are we going to be back to normal?” Fauci, who spoke to 6,000 people via Zoom during a nearly hour-long question-and-answer session moderated by University of Montana professor Rob Saldin, said he couldn’t offer a precise answer. […]

House committee passes campus ‘freedom of association’ bill

BY: - February 17, 2021

A House panel voted to approve legislation Wednesday that would prevent public university administrations and student governments from giving disparate treatment to student groups based on a group’s ideology, goals or bylaws, one of multiple bills moving through the Legislature this session addressing First Amendment rights on college campuses. The House Judiciary Committee passed the […]

Bill promotes ‘school choice’ for special needs children

BY: - February 16, 2021

Avery Monroe, 7, takes medication for epilepsy, and the medicine has set her back in school. This week, Avery asked the House Education Committee to vote yes on a bill that would allow public money to go into a savings account that would reimburse parents for private education costs for students with special needs, such […]

Superintendent Arntzen delivers State of Education

BY: - February 11, 2021

Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen said Thursday she has directed staff to make building industry partnerships a priority. In her State of Education address, Arntzen said she was pleased to join Montanans in a CTE (career and technical education) workforce development “superhighway,” and noted the Office of Public Instruction has developed a one-stop website […]

Biden’s nominees for labor and education move forward

BY: - February 11, 2021

WASHINGTON—Miguel Cardona was one step closer to leading the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee moved his nomination to the full Senate for a vote. The panel voted 17-5. Senators also voted 18-4 to advance the nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as secretary of […]

Tax credit program to cost $9M

BY: - February 11, 2021

The price tag during the course of four years for the state of Montana to run a greatly expanded schools tax credit program would be nearly $9 million, according to a budget analysis attached to House Bill 279. “Talk about growing government,” said Amanda Curtis, president of the Montana Federation of Public Employees, in a […]

Community college bills advance in Montana Legislature

BY: - February 8, 2021

The Montana House passed on second reading a bill to change the funding formula for community colleges and tie it more closely to actual enrollment. Supporters of House Bill 67 argue it provides a more prudent funding formula. But college presidents have said their balance sheets will suffer if the bill is signed into law. […]


Students don’t want House Bill 112

BY: - February 6, 2021

I wish urge our legislators to vote no on House Bill 112 which would require athletic teams to be designated based on biological sex. As the appointed ASMSU lobbyist, it is my duty to explain why this bill is neither wanted nor needed at Montana State University. This session, legislators have emphasized the importance of […]

Supporters, opponents of ‘gun bill’ both believe the law is on their side

BY: - February 4, 2021

As a controversial gun-rights bill makes it way through the Montana legislature, lawmakers report concern from a variety of constituents. House Bill 102, sponsored by Rep. Seth Berglee, R-Joliet, would make carrying concealed weapons legal in more places, including banks, bars and college campuses. While Second Amendment proponents have hailed HB102, and other states have […]