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The state of Montana education: State Board of Education examines shared goals and challenges for students across Montana's public K-12 and higher education systems

MISSOULA — Leaders of Montana’s K-12 and higher education systems convened on the University of Montana campus Friday to discuss strategic goals and ongoing challenges to improve the quality of education for students across the state. Addressing...

 

Election officials caution against rushed software rollout

County election officials are once again expressing grave concerns about Montana's readiness to transition to a new election software system, even as Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen's office... Full story

 

Supply chain woes land on school lunch trays

Tammy Wham can't get her hands on canned corn or whole grain muffins. Both are staples in the public school kitchen in Ennis, where Wham serves as kitchen manager - or, she quips, "head lunch lady." Wham and her staff serve breakfast and lunch to...

 

Public school enrollment shows fall uptick

Last fall and spring, Montana's public school system reported notable declines in student enrollment attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that trend appears to be reversing as K-12 schools across the state have returned to in-person instruction...

 

Montana's stake in the infrastructure plan

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate approved a $1.2 trillion spending plan aimed at addressing critical national infrastructure needs. The bill is poised to inject billions of dollars into Montana’s highways, bridges, water systems and broadband,...

 

How to comply with Montana's new vaccine discrimination law

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry this week offered guidance to government agencies and private businesses on how to adhere to a new state law barring discriminating against people on the basis of vaccination status. The agency's...

 

Recommending new rules for schools

Over the past six weeks, two review committees convened by the Montana Office of Public Instruction have begun discussing potential revisions to state regulations governing educator licensure. So far their deliberations have focused on bolstering rec...

 
 By Alex Sakariassen    News    July 28, 2021

OPI reports $29 million in COVID funds already disbursed to schools

HELENA — On Friday, the Montana Office of Public Instruction delivered an update to the state Board of Public Education about the status of federal COVID-19 relief funds for K-12 schools. According to the figures presented by OPI Chief Financial...

 
 By Alex Sakariassen    News    July 21, 2021

Montana redistricting commission adopts congressional criteria

HELENA — Montana’s five-member redistricting commission voted earlier this month to formally adopt criteria to guide its work in establishing lines for the state’s new congressional district. A vote on criteria governing how the commission...

 
 By Alex Sakariassen    News    July 7, 2021

Union stalwart Ekblad retires

When Al Ekblad woke up on Nov. 4, 2020, his mind immediately turned to the approaching legislative session. Montana voters had just elected a slate of Republican candidates to statewide offices  -...

 
 By Alex Sakariassen    News    June 16, 2021

OPI asks feds to approve COVID relief spending

HELENA - The Montana Office of Public Instruction submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Education Tuesday outlining how it intends to spend $382 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. The...

 
 By Alex Sakariassen    News    June 9, 2021

Taking control: City and county leaders statewide are struggling to come to terms with rollbacks of municipal authority

After months of legislative debate, Montanans are beginning to glimpse how new laws passed by the 67th Legislature are poised to impact their lives. For county and municipal leaders, those impacts amount to a notable reduction in their ability to...

 
 By Alex Sakariassen    News    May 26, 2021

Regents will take constitutional carry to court

The Montana Board of Regents announced last week it will push for a judicial review of the state's new "constitutional carry" law, which is poised to allow students and university staff to carry conce... Full story

 

Arntzen's State of Education address: Superintendent of Public Instruction highlights legislative priorities including special education funding and at-risk students

Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen highlighted several legislative priorities for the state's public schools Thursday, including a push to offer increased funding security for special needs students in Montana.  Arntzen's statements...

 

Public lands: promises and peril

Throughout 2020, political contenders of all stripes made the same straightforward promise, one that's now as familiar to Montana voters as spring runoff or November snowstorms: to be a champion for public lands. This election-year refrain arrived...

 
 By Alex Sakariassen    News    July 29, 2020

Slow COVID-19 test results complicate life for public health workers and patients

In mid-June, as Montana's COVID-19 case count began its summer climb, the Missoula City-County Health Department announced it would begin testing asymptomatic frontline workers. The declaration...

 

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