State of Montana Archives: on Education

Steve Bullock: Invest in higher ed for 21st Century workforce, like Diesel

We can't expect to develop a 21st Century workforce in 20th Century conditions. The next generation of plumbers and welders, nurses and imaging techs, diesel mechanics and carpenters are learning their trades in substandard facilities.

The Missoula College was built in 1956 for 700 students and now has an enrollment approaching 3,000. Last week I visited the Automotive and Diesel Program at Havre. It has 200 students, a 100% placement rate, and some graduates earn a starting salary better than a Governor. But without our investment, this program cannot grow.

And it's not just Missoula and Havre; many of our facilities are outdated and operating beyond their capacity. The young Montanans who are willing to invest in higher education deserve better. That's why [the state government]--along with the Montana Chamber of Commerce, the Montana Contractors Association and others--have joined together to propose record investments in our educational facilities.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Montana legislature Jan 30, 2013

Steve Bullock: Increase from 40% to 60% those with some college

Let's commit to increasing the number of Montana adults with a post-secondary degree or professional certificate to at least 60% over the next decade. We are now at about 40%; this is an ambitious goal. I have included proposals in this budget that move us in this direction.
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Montana legislature Jan 30, 2013

Steve Bullock: MT is dead last in investment in early childhood education

Unfortunately, Montana is dead last in the nation--50th out of 50--in state investment in early childhood education. That's unacceptable.

We can't expect the federally funded Head Start program to carry the entire burden. Some local communities have stepped in to make sure these youngsters are given a better chance.

As a first step, I urge this body to expand the proven "Stars to Quality Program" and make the long overdue investment in school readiness. I've laid out a plan that will create 100 more high-quality early childhood programs, getting 600 more families and 1,000 more children ready for school, annually. It's a proven high-return investment that will produce long-lived benefits for the students and our economy. And our commitment and investment must continue throughout their schooling.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Montana legislature Jan 30, 2013

Champ Edmunds: State funding for charters and vouchers

Q: Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?

A: Yes.

Q: Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?

A: No.

Q: Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for charter schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?

A: Yes.


Source: Montana Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Jon Tester: More tuition tax credits, low-interest loans, & Pell grants

Youíve heard a lot about how my opponent delivers for MSU. But itís the faculty and the students that do the heavy lifting to make Montana State University a world-class teaching and research facility - not whose name is on a building.

Iíve got a kid in college today in Montana, and one that just graduated a few years ago. So I know what college education costs you and your families. We have finally started to turn the university funding at the state level around, with the first significant funding increases after a decade of neglect. But we can do more.

I have a plan to expand tuition tax credits to make college tuition more affordable for Montana families. Sen. Burns has voted to end tuition tax credits for 11,000 Montanans. I believe we need to keep low-interest loans and increasing Pell grants. Sen. Burns has voted against higher student loans and opposes increases in Pell grants. Too many middle-class families are being priced out of the dream of providing their kids a higher education.

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU Oct 9, 2006

Bob Kelleher: Supports voluntary prayer in public schools

Source: Montana 2004 Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Bob Kelleher: State-funded vouchers for private or religious school

Source: Montana 2004 Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Brian Schweitzer: Invest in K-12 by creating public-private partnerships

Education is the key to economic development, and I support investing in K-12 and higher education. We need to offer a competitive wage to attract and retain good teachers, and we need to hold schools and students accountable. Iíve proposed creating public-private partnerships with our 2 and 4-year institutions to lower the cost of college tuition.
Source: 2004 Montana Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Judy Martz: More spending; more accountability via testing

We must make sure our schools remain world-class. The last legislature provided the single largest increase in education spending in our history. We propose an additional three percent increase in fiscal year 2003.

I want accountability in our schools, which is why we are moving forward on annual testing of grades, 4, 8 and 11, and compiling and disseminating results. For the first time, parents and communities will be able to compare their schools to other schools and really know where they stand.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Montana Legislature Jan 25, 2001

Judy Martz: 3-Rs of education: recruit, retain, & reward teachers

    My administration will focus on 4 key areas of early education:
  1. Increasing resources and teacher development
  2. Producing excellence with partnerships to mentor our kids
  3. Providing safe learning environments
  4. Implementing character education.
To accomplish any of our education objectives, we must recognize the importance of what I call my 3-Rs of education recruiting, retaining and rewarding outstanding teachers. To keep these professionals, Montana must begin to seriously compete with over 20 other states that are making major investments to lure teachers away. We want to leverage our share of the $2.4 billion in increased federal funds that President Bush has promised states for training new teachers. Weíll partner with the private sector to craft mentoring programs that inspire teachers to stay in the profession. And Iíll build partnerships with teachers, parents and administrators to craft a performance-based pay proposal called Investing in Teaching Excellence.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Montana Legislature Jan 25, 2001

John Bohlinger: More finds for hiring teachers & professional development

Source: Montana Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

John Bohlinger: Endorses teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools

Source: Montana Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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