JumpStart Montana 04/01/2015
We are hosting our 2nd annual NBC JumpStart conference June 22-24 in Missoula. JumpStart is are new NBC facilitation process. It brings together teachers for an intensive workshop that is designed to prepare them to be successful NBC candidates. Our program is modeled after a long standing program in Washington State that has facilitated thousands of successful NBC candidates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SB 107 is dangerous - read why 01/19/2015
"Expanding high school districts and constructing new facilities less than five miles from three existing high achieving schools may increase local control, but in reality it only limits the options for local families."
Montana's graduation rate highest ever 01/14/2015
MEA-MFT member Denise Juneau's wildly successful Graduation Matters program has helped boost our state's high school graduation level to the highest in history!
Montana teachers selected as national leaders 12/23/2014
Thirty-two Montana teachers have been selected to participate in the national Teacher Leadership Initiative, a program to develop a new generation of leaders within the teaching profession.
Bozeman EA members innovate, create, deliver 09/08/2014
Congratulations to Bozeman Education Assoc. President Tami Phillippi and BEA for securing this major grant from one of MEA-MFT's two national affiliates, the National Education Assoc.
Anne Keith on the new math standards 06/30/2014
Bozeman math teacher Anne Keith is a National Board Certified Montana Teacher of the Year. She wrote this essay supporting Montana's Career and College Ready Standards, once upon a time referred to as "common core."
Video: ALEC in Montana 06/12/2014
Montana PBS did a great documentary on how the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is working in secret to pass its bills in state legislatures -- including Montana's. Don't miss this!
Stand up to ALEC! 05/14/2014
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) claims its education mission is to “promote excellence in the nation’s educational system,” yet its “model” legislation advocates for policies that defund public services, distort the curriculum, and undercut our educators.
Anna Baldwin & the Warrior Trail 05/14/2014
MEA-MFT member Anna Baldwin, Montana Teacher of the Year, brought her students from Arlee High School to spend part of the day with Governor Steve Bullock yesterday. It's quite a story.
Sen. Tester passes resolution honoring public servants 05/06/2014
In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Senator Jon Tester (Montana) honoring federal, state and local government employees, both civilian and military, for their dedication and continued service to the United States.
MEA-MFT celebrates Members of the Year 04/15/2014
Members of the Year are leaders in their professions and in their local MEA-MFT unions. They are extraordinarily dedicated to the Montana citizens they serve and to their coworkers.
MT Tech students & profs protest right wing speaker 03/27/2014
Some faculty and students at Montana Tech plan an unprecedented boycott of the university’s spring commencement in protest of the ceremony’s featured speakers, a wealthy couple from Bozeman whose critics say have radical social and religious views.
Medicaid expansion back on track 03/27/2014
Initiative 170 (I-170) will make health coverage through Medicaid available for an additional 70,000 low-income Montanans. It would create thousands of jobs in Montana. It's the right thing to do.
Great news on Montana's state health centers 03/17/2014
Montana’s new state health centers are saving money for state employees and taxpayers alike. And they’re improving state workers’ health. The results are even better than expected.
MT's school community unites behind MUST 02/04/2014
Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA), School Administrators of Montana (SAM), MEA-MFT, and the Montana Rural Education Association (MREA) are pleased to come together in support of the Montana Unified School Trust (MUST), whose sole mission is to provide health benefits to Montana’s public schools.