MDC: fix it, don't close it 04/17/2015
On their first 2d reading of SB 411 yesterday the House got it right by voting the bill down. Then the House voted to reconsider.

3 school privatization bills still in play 04/15/2015
Three public school privatization bills remain in play at this point in the legislative session.

Public preschool (Early Edge) still alive 04/14/2015

Lowell Bartels: Closing MDC would be irresponsible 04/08/2015
Lowell Bartels, a committed life-time advocate for our disabled citizens, wrote the following guest opinion. Today HB 411, the ill-advised bill to close MDC, will be heard in committee.

Keep Montana Developmental Center open! 04/07/2015
MDC provides treatment and care for Montana's most disturbed citizens - including those with developmental disabilities as well as mental illness. Most of them could not be treated in community settings. Many would have nowhere to go if MDC closes.

regional training 04/02/2015

Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI) 04/02/2015
Through the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI), the National Education Association (NEA) is partnering with the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (National Board) to support 300 teachers across 14 sites in advancing as leaders in the profession. TLI is designed for teachers—like you—who want to expand your impact by building your knowledge and skills and then activating your leadership through a culminating capstone experience.

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.

State employees at news conference on HB 13 03/31/2015
Dozens of state employee members participated in a news conference on HB 13, the state pay plan, today at noon. Statement by MEA-MFT Secretary-Treasurer Rich Aarstad.

House majority fails to "blast" state pay plan: not over yet 03/28/2015
3-30-15 Last week the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee tabled the state pay plan, HB 13. Then the House majority refused to blast it to the floor for debate. It's not over yet.

Montana Developmental Center under attack 03/28/2015

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.