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School privatization schemes are being pushed in Montana

Montanans Organized for Education’s (MOFE) 16,000 members — including parents, students, community members and teachers — stand in opposition to school privatization (sometimes called “school choice” by proponents).

Reading, writing, and paychecks. What’s a teacher worth?

A teacher-turned-congresswoman, Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Democrat from Florida, introduced the American Teacher Act.

Designed as a four-year federal grant program, the bill, set to be reintroduced in Congress on Wednesday, would help states lift their starting teacher salaries to $60,000, boost pay for veteran teachers, and make cost-of-living adjustments tied to inflation.

Montana Governor Gianforte declares January as the Education Month on Jan 27.

WHEREAS, as our students learn, their parents, who are their first and lifetime teachers, deserve to have their voices heard and be a part of their child’s education; and,

Where is child care most expensive? New labor department data breaks down costs by county.

The data show childcare costs range from 8% to 19% of a median family’s income per child. That’s anywhere from $5,357 to $17,171 per year when adjusted for inflation.

In one state, every class teaches climate change — even P.E. – Will your state be the second to do this?

The first state in the country to adopt learning standards obligating teachers to instruct kids about climate change across grade levels and subjects. The standards, which went into effect this fall, introduce students as young as kindergartners to the subject, not just in science class but in the arts, world languages, social studies and physical education. Supporters say the instruction is necessary to prepare younger generations for a world — and labor market — increasingly reshaped by climate change.

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte announces proposed change to child care policy to allow childcare facilities to accept religious vaccine exemptions to any vaccine.

Currently, childcare participants are required to receive scheduled doses of vaccines against measles, rubella, mumps, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, varicella, hepatitis B, pneumococcal, and the bacteria Haemophilus influenza type B, or Hib.


The health department rules currently permit religious exemptions only for Hib, the infectious bacteria

A Prenatal-to- 3 policy roadmap shares how states are doing and how they can improve

The Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap has answers that were shared earlier this month at a virtual summit that drew “thousands of national and state leaders, scholars, and practitioners.”

Growing Roots Early Learning Center Launches in Kalispell

Immanuel Lutheran Communities opened a licensed childcare center earlier this month to help meet the high demand while adding another benefit to recruit and retain employees for the assisted living facility

From books to beanbags, Montana’s teachers turn to crowdfunding for supplies. You Can Help

Montana educators have long dipped into their own pockets to pay for classroom essentials. A national nonprofit is helping alleviate that strain

Montana group gets grant to organize against privatized education

“People in Montana love their schools, they have always loved their schools and supported them across the state,” said Moffie Funk, the director of Montanans Organized for Education. “Unfortunately, in more recent years, people have come in wanting to privatize. They see Montana as ripe for the picking, that this is a place where they can come in and privatize and truly undermine our public education system.”