State of Montana Archives: on Education


Mark Perea: Allot vouchers based on what we spend now per child

Perea, who has no children, is an advocate of school choice vouchers. "I want parents to have the choice of how they educate their kids," he said. "What I think would be perfectly equitable is each individual child having an allotment based on what we spend on each child now in public schools."
Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle on 2016 Montana gubernatorial race Feb 1, 2015

Ryan Zinke: Give parents a stronger voice, and local control

I firmly believe that in order to reform education policies, we must ensure more local control of our schools and giving parents a stronger voice. Parents strive to provide the very best for their children, as such they deserve the opportunity to seek great teachers and schools that will help to prepare students for tomorrow's job market. Furthermore I strongly support innovation through the use of classroom technology, performance based curriculum, and quality instruction.
Source: 2014 Montana House campaign website, RyanZinke.com Nov 4, 2014

Steve Daines: Expand school choice where public schools are poor

Education is the lifeblood of our future. As a graduate of Montana State University, and parent of four children who have attended Bozeman public schools, I know firsthand how Montana educators go the extra mile to create an education environment conducive to learning.

The federal government plays a limited but important role in education, especially in helping states and local governments serve disadvantaged students and those with disabilities. As I meet with educators in Montana, they seem to share a concern about "one size fits all" metrics that currently dictate federal funding as part of No Child Left Behind. While well-intended, these metrics are difficult for rural areas to achieve. As Congress works to strengthen No Child Left Behind, I will fight to ensure that all of Montana's education needs are met. As part of this effort, I will push for expanding school choice so that more parents can send their children to a high-performing school where public schools are poor.

Source: 2014 Montana Senate campaign website, daines.house.gov Sep 1, 2014

Amanda Curtis: Math teacher and unabashed backer of public schools

Curtis, a 34-year-old math teacher at Butte High School, an unabashed backer of labor unions, public education and the "working class," is seemingly fired up at the chance to take on Steve Daines, the freshman Republican congressman who has had front-runner status for months in the Senate race.
Source: Billings Gazette on 2014 Montana Senate race Aug 16, 2014

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

Amanda Curtis: No vouchers; no charters; yes Common Core

Q: Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?

A: Yes.

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

A: No.

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

A: No.

Q: Do you support state funding for charter schools?

A: No.

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

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.

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

Sam Rankin: New reforms to replace No Child Left Behind

Q: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?

A: Yes.

Rankin adds, "New reforms are more reasonable than under the old N.C.L.B requirements."

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

Ryan Zinke: Supports vouchers for public schools

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Ryan Zinke: Voluntary prayer provided there's no undue influence

Q: Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?

A: No.

Zinke adds, "I support allowing voluntary prayer on public property provided there is no undue influence to do so."

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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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