Teacher Learning Hub Annual Report 16/17 09/25/2017
In July 2013, the American Federation of Teachers(AFT) awarded Montana an Innovation Grant tocreate the Montana Digital Professional Learning Network (MDPLN). This new online learning network was patterned after the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA), with the primary goal of addressing the challenges of distance,time, access, and equity in providing Montana educators access to quality professional learning opportunities statewide. Initial focus was to provide Montana English Language Arts, Literacy,and Mathematics Common Core training and ongoing coaching support for Montana teachers,as well as paraprofessional training for the MEAMFT PASS program.

MSDB members support firefighters 09/14/2017
MEA-MFT Local #4027 at the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind recently sponsored a fundraiser to support the brave men and women fighting wildfires across Montana.

Pres. Eric Feaver responds to state budget cuts 09/12/2017
Our job today is to call, email, and write our legislators both House and Senate. Tell them to support new revenue to avoid budget cuts.

MEA-MFT & MPEA are merging! Learn more at a regional meeting near you 09/11/2017
MEA-MFT and the Montana Public Employees Association (MPEA) are joining forces. Learn more at a regional meeting near you.

Time to pre-register for the MEA-MFT Educators' Conference! 09/08/2017
The one and only MEA-MFT Educators’ Conference, the MOST comprehensive cross-grade, cross-curriculum professional development event in Montana, takes place in Missoula October 19-20, 2017. Pre-register here.

Sign up for Billings regional training 09/05/2017
All MEA-MFT members welcome to this fun, free event!

Recommendations to Supt. Elsie Arntzen on budget cuts 09/01/2017
Montana public education community's recommendations to Supt. Arntzen on how to implement the governor's request for 10% reduction.

What caused the state budget crisis?  08/29/2017
What got Montana into its current fiscal crisis? Some Montanans are pointing to legislation from 2003 that cut tax rates, mostly for the state's wealthiest.

Learn more about National Board Certification 08/29/2017
Recruiting and retaining highly qualified educators is of critical concern to Montana schools. The new National Board Certification (NBC) stipend will help. Learn more about the stipend and about NBC in Montana.

Arntzen takes Teacher of the Year program from our foundation 08/29/2017
A number of folks have asked if we agreed to hand the Montana Teacher of the Year Program over to Elsie Arntzen. No, we did not agree to hand it over. We are proud of the 22-year investment we have made in the program.

Big fun at 2017 Golf Scramble 08/18/2017
Photos from the 2017 golf scramble fundraiser for the MT Professional Teaching Foundation. Thanks to all sponsors, teams, and volunteers!

State budget cuts affect most vulnerable Montanans 08/14/2017
The full scope of pain from impending budget cuts is coming into view for public employees and the Montanans they serve.

How I-183 can hurt Montanans  08/10/2017
Would you sign a petition for a law to create a new reason to sue Montana and local governments (read: taxpayers)?

Who needs charter schools? MT's public schools are among the world's best 08/09/2017
Year after year, in measure after measure, Montana public schools large and small prove they are among the best schools in the world. Here's one more example.

New FREE insurance benefit for MEA-MFT members 08/09/2017
All dues-paying, active MEA-MFT members are eligible for this NEW benefit from AFT, our national affiliate.

MEA-MFT & MPEA ready to launch new union 08/09/2017
It’s official: MEA-MFT and the Montana Public Employees Association (MPEA) will join forces, creating a larger, stronger new union.

The budget cuts are coming 07/26/2017
“Really at this point the voters need to speak.”

Nominate for ESP of the Year 07/21/2017
MEA-MFT is now accepting nominations for the 2018 ESP of the Year.

For MT Teacher of the Year Kelly Elder, life has become a whirlwind of opportunity 05/11/2017
When you become a Montana Teacher of the Year, doors all over the world open for you. Literally. Kelly Elder is a case in point.

MT educators receive $13,000 in free books for students in need 05/11/2017
Across Montana, k-12 educators are celebrating a windfall of free books for their students, thanks to a partnership between their union and a nonprofit organization called First Book.

2017 Legislature adjourns, sine die 04/28/2017

JumpStart your National Board Certification 04/04/2017
MEA-MFT cordially invites you to attend the annual JumpStart Montana.

MEA-MFT COPE endorses Rob Quist for Congress 03/24/2017
MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union and affiliate of the Montana AFL-CIO, has announced that its Committee On Political Education (COPE) has endorsed Rob Quist for Congress in Montana’s special election.

Montana State Teachers of the Year chapter launched 03/06/2017
The Montana State Teachers of the Year (MT STOY), a state affiliate of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, has officially launched with the formal election of a slate of officers and approval of the organization’s bylaws.

Guns in schools bill dies on 2d reading 02/27/2017
After spirited debate, the House failed to pass the “guns in school bill,” HB 385, on 2d reading.

School charter & voucher bills  02/16/2017
Such bills would permit anyone to teach almost anything in unregulated, unaccountable environments.

MEA-MFT north central regional training 02/16/2017
You're invited!

Busting the "school choice" myth 02/16/2017
A quick and compelling read.

Bad bill week at the legislature 02/13/2017
This is bad bill week at the Montana Legislature, with committee hearings on three dangerous, unnecessary bills:

Jan. 26 bill status 01/26/2017

Jan 24 bill status 01/24/2017

Jan. 20 bill status 01/23/2017
Summary: School funding and game wardens’ & peace officers' retirement moving on. The attempt to eliminate election day as a holiday has failed. Crazy gun bills introduced.

Has Elsie Arntzen ended Graduation Matters? 01/19/2017
It appears newly elected superintendent of public instruction Elsie Artnzen may have terminated one of the Office of Public Instruction’s most effective programs: Graduation Matters.

School funding bill advances 01/19/2017
The House Appropriations Committee has passed HB 191, Montana's school funding bill this session, out of committee.

Jan. 12 - legislative update 01/12/2017
Today MEA-MFT engaged in bill hearings that impact thousands of MEA-MFT members and other public employees across Montana.

Do you suspect child abuse? Law requires you to report it 12/20/2016
If you suspect a child has been physically, mentally, or emotionally abused or neglected, the law requires you to report it to DPHHS.

Montana Legislature begins January 2 11/16/2016
As always, MEA-MFT leaders, staff, and members will be working hard every day during the 90-day session on behalf of public education, public services, the rights of working people, and other crucial issues that affect our members and all Montanans. Stay involved!

Nominate for presidential math & science teaching awards 11/04/2016
Do you know a great Montana science or math teacher, teaching in grades 7-12, with 5 or more years of professional teaching experience? Nominate now.

Kelly Elder selected as 2017 Montana Teacher of the Year 09/26/2016
Kimberly Knoche and Nicole Vradenburg are finalists.

Golf scramble 2016 08/17/2016
The annual golf scramble took place July 28 at Fairmont, raising funds and fun for our Montana Professional Teaching Foundation. Thanks to all the teams, sponsors, and volunteers who made it a big success!

2016 Members of the Year 05/30/2016
Phil Condon, Sue Stewart, and the entire Montana Federation of Historical Society Workers were honored at 2016 representative assembly.

Myers, Brookshier, Keenan join MEA-MFT Hall of Fame 04/14/2016
Each year, MEA-MFT celebrates our trailblazers and pioneers -- the people who made our union the champion of working families it is today -- by inducting them into the MEA-MFT Hall of Fame.

MEA-MFT members celebrate Supreme Court victory at Rep Assembly 04/04/2016

The ruling is in: Friedrichs is gone 03/29/2016
The U.S. Supreme Court today delivered its decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, affirming that public employees have a compelling interest in having strong and effective collective bargaining.

2016 Rep. Assembly: April 1-2, Helena 03/26/2016
This year, RA takes place April 1-2, 2016, in Helena. More than 300 delegates are expected to attend. Make sure your local union is fully represented!

Help tell the story of Montana's GREAT public schools! 03/04/2016

MEA-MFT endorsed candidates for 2016 election 03/01/2016
The Montana candidates who win election in November 2016 will have a huge impact on the lives, jobs, and families of all MEA-MFT members. Learn about our endorsed candidates.

The sad story of George and MDC 02/25/2016
"Legislators were sold on the closure bill based on three premises. All three premises have been proven false."

Craig Beals to host History Channel TV show 12/22/2015
MEA-MFT member Craig Beals, Montana's 2015 Teacher of the Year, has been tapped to host "Secret Earth," an hour-long special about the Yellowstone super volcano airing on the History Channel on Monday.

Gazette: school privatization is bad policy 12/14/2015
Great opinion piece from the Billings Gazette.