Thousands of teachers to attend MEA-MFT Educators' Conference 10/19/2016
Thousands of teachers and paraprofessionals from public schools across Montana will flock to Helena this week for the annual MEA-MFT Educators’ Conference.

You're invited: MEA-MFT Regional Meetings  09/30/2016
All MEA-MFT members invited! This is a chance to get together with MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver, several MEA-MFT staff members, and your fellow local MEA-MFT members for a fun and informal discussion of important MEA-MFT business.

One-time-only MEA-MFT Retired dues sale! 09/30/2016
If you have been thinking about joining MEA-MFT Retired, now is the time! We are offering a "dues sale" that will never happen again.

Elsie Arntzen's deplorable voting record 09/27/2016
Elsie Arntzen of Billings is running for Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction. But she is NO friend of public education. Take a look at her voting record.

Kelly Elder selected as 2017 Montana Teacher of the Year 09/26/2016
Kimberly Knoche and Nicole Vradenburg are finalists.

Teachers: Fly with the Montana Learning Center October 7-8 08/22/2016
Attn. Teachers: Come fly with the Montana Learning Center. Literally! Apply to be a part of STEM in the Rockies this October 7-8, 2016, Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake

Golf scramble 2016 08/03/2016
The annual golf scramble took place July 28 at Fairmont, raising funds and fun for our Montana Professional Teaching Foundation. Thanks to all the teams, sponsors, and volunteers who made it a big success!

MEA-MFT endorsed statewide candidates 05/17/2016
In the 2016 Montana elections, here are the candidates we recommend. Your vote matters!

Sign up now for 2016 MPTF Golf Classic 04/18/2016
Golfers of all abilities are invited to participate in our Montana Professional Teaching Foundation (MPTF) annual Golf Classic, July 28, 2016, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Anaconda.

Myers, Brookshier, Keenan join MEA-MFT Hall of Fame 04/14/2016
Each year, MEA-MFT celebrates our trailblazers and pioneers -- the people who made our union the champion of working families it is today -- by inducting them into the MEA-MFT Hall of Fame.

MEA-MFT members celebrate Supreme Court victory at Rep Assembly 04/04/2016

The ruling is in: Friedrichs is gone 03/29/2016
The U.S. Supreme Court today delivered its decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, affirming that public employees have a compelling interest in having strong and effective collective bargaining.

2016 Rep. Assembly: April 1-2, Helena 03/26/2016
This year, RA takes place April 1-2, 2016, in Helena. More than 300 delegates are expected to attend. Make sure your local union is fully represented!

Help tell the story of Montana's GREAT public schools! 03/04/2016

Nominate now for 2017 MT Teacher of the Year 03/03/2016

MEA-MFT endorsed candidates for 2016 election 03/01/2016
The Montana candidates who win election in November 2016 will have a huge impact on the lives, jobs, and families of all MEA-MFT members. Learn about our endorsed candidates.

The sad story of George and MDC 02/25/2016
"Legislators were sold on the closure bill based on three premises. All three premises have been proven false."

You're invited: Billings regional training Feb 19-20 01/09/2016
All travel, lodging, and meals provided. But register early — space will be limited.

Craig Beals to host History Channel TV show 12/22/2015
MEA-MFT member Craig Beals, Montana's 2015 Teacher of the Year, has been tapped to host "Secret Earth," an hour-long special about the Yellowstone super volcano airing on the History Channel on Monday.

Gazette: school privatization is bad policy 12/14/2015
Great opinion piece from the Billings Gazette.

Out with NCLB, in with ESSA 12/10/2015
It's over: the long and troubled "shame and blame" era of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) came to an end today.

Denise Juneau statement on Every Student Succeeds Act 12/03/2015
Last night the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, the long-awaited replacement of the No Child Left Behind law. The act now moves on to the Senate.

MEA-MFT COPE endorses Jim Shea for Supreme Court 12/01/2015
"COPE members were impressed with Jim Shea’s experience as a judge and the fact that he decides cases based on facts, the law, and the constitution."

Sue Stewart honored as Montana’s Education Support Professional of the Year 11/30/2015
Sue Stewart is the kind of person you want in your corner. That goes double if you happen to be a child who is blind or visually impaired, or the parent of such a child.

Nominate now for math & science teaching award 11/18/2015
Do you know a great Montana science or math teacher, teaching in grades K-6, with 5 or more years of professional teaching experience? Nominate now for presidential award.

Jessica Anderson selected as 2016 Montana Teacher of the Year 09/21/2015
Congratulations to our new Teacher of the Year and finalists!

No matter your age, you need to plan now for retirement 09/15/2015
You're invited to one of MEA-MFT's Pre-retirement Workshops. Find one near you.

Register now for 2015 MEA-MFT Educators’ Conference 08/25/2015
MEA-MFT offers its unbeatable MEA-MFT Educators Conference again this year: October 15-16 in Billings.

MEA-MFT saves guaranteed annual benefit adjustments for TRS and PERS retirees 08/21/2015
MEA-MFT saves guaranteed annual benefit adjustments

MEA-MFT wins on teachers’ retirement  07/01/2015
Good news: District court has ruled in favor of MEA-MFT in our case to save Montana teachers’ Guaranteed Annual Benefit Adjustment (GABA).

MEA-MFT & our foundation work to promote teacher leaders 06/26/2015
MEA-MFT and our foundation, the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation (MPTF), pour considerable time and resources into providing top-quality professional development for teachers.

9 Montana teachers chosen as math & science finalists 06/10/2015
Nine Montana school teachers have been selected as the 2015 state finalists for the national prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation’s highest honor for U.S. mathematics and science teachers in grades kindergarten through 12.

Governor signs SB 411 to close MDC 05/06/2015
A terrible decision for MDC patients, their families, the employees, and the town of Boulder.

Parents of patients at MDC ask governor to veto SB 411 04/29/2015
SB 411, the bill to close MDC, is now on the governor's desk. Please ask him to veto it. Call 444-3111 to leave your message.

Legislature adjourns after failing to pass crucial infrastructure bill 04/28/2015
After more shenanigans in the Montana House of Representatives, the session’s key infrastructure bill is dead.

regional training 04/02/2015

Bozeman Chronicle joins outpouring of support for Early Edge 03/20/2015
If bills were passed strictly on the basis of public support, the governor's public preschool plan, Early Edge, would have passed long ago.

Family Foundation targets MT public schools 03/18/2015
Jeff Laszloffy, head of the right-wing Montana Family Foundation, has been a ubiquitious presence at the 2015 Montana Legislature. One of the group's main goals is to pass bills that siphon public funds from public schools to private schools.

Tax dollars for private schools? 03/13/2015
Montanans are clearly opposed to tax benefits for private schools. Which legislators are listening?

Fate of Medicaid expansion 03/09/2015
After three hours of testimony most of which supported HB 249 (Noonan) – Governor Bullock’s Medicaid Expansion proposal - House Human Services did the expected. It killed the bill with a “Do Not Pass” motion. But Medicaid expansion might not be dead for this session.

House Committee rejects Early Edge; fight isn't over 03/09/2015
It’s disappointing, but this isn’t the end for Early Edge.

Gazette agrees with us: SB 107 is a bad idea 03/04/2015
MEA-MFT strongly opposes SB 107. So does the Billings Gazette. Read on. Then please get ready to help fight this bill in the House. It has already passed the Senate.

Legislative session nears halfway mark 02/24/2015
Montana's 2015 legislature is approaching the halfway mark. It has been a tough session. MEA-MFT leaders, staff, and members are front and center at the legislature every day

Debra Lamm's war on Montana's Common Core 02/17/2015
Representative Debra Lamm (R) – Livingston – formerly the primary lobbyist for the anti-public school Montana Family Foundation and then head of the failed Montanans Against Common Core but now state legislator, has introduced a bag full of anti-common core, anti-board of public education bills.

HB 462 attacks public employee unions: your help needed! 02/16/2015
YOUR union, OUR union is at extreme risk right now. Help stop this dangerous bill.

Two bad bills advance 02/09/2015
Late Friday Feb. 6, the House Education Committee passed HB 322 out of committee and Senate Education passed SB 107.

HB 377: attack on Montana's academic standards 02/05/2015
House Bill 377 (Sponsored by Debra Lamm, R-Livingston)is a direct attack on Montana's academic standards for math and English. And it's unconstitutional.

Denise Juneau gives outstanding State of Education Address 02/03/2015
Supt. of Public Instruction Denise Juneau gave an outstanding State of Education address yesterday in the MT House of Representatives.

MEA-MFT Regional Training, May 1-2, Missoula 02/02/2015

Bonding bill: Bob Brown has it right  01/26/2015
Longtime Republican leader Bob Brown of Whitefish has it right on HB 5, the governor's bonding bill, which helps Montanans from the Bakken to Whitefish, including the Montana Historical Society.