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

Sign up for Billings regional training! 07/20/2017
All MEA-MFT members welcome to this fun, free event!

Sign up for the 2017 Golf Scramble! 06/26/2017
Once again, our Montana Professional Teaching Foundation (MPTF) is hosting a spectacularly fun golf scramble this summer. The event is an annual fundraiser for MPTF. The 2017 golf scramble takes place August 3, 2017 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Anaconda

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 08/03/2016
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."

You're invited: Billings regional training Feb 19-20 01/09/2016
All travel, lodging, and meals provided. But register early — space will be limited.

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.

Out with NCLB, in with ESSA 12/10/2015
It's over: the long and troubled "shame and blame" era of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) came to an end today.

Denise Juneau statement on Every Student Succeeds Act 12/03/2015
Last night the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, the long-awaited replacement of the No Child Left Behind law. The act now moves on to the Senate.

MEA-MFT COPE endorses Jim Shea for Supreme Court 12/01/2015
"COPE members were impressed with Jim Shea’s experience as a judge and the fact that he decides cases based on facts, the law, and the constitution."

Sue Stewart honored as Montana’s Education Support Professional of the Year 11/30/2015
Sue Stewart is the kind of person you want in your corner. That goes double if you happen to be a child who is blind or visually impaired, or the parent of such a child.

Jessica Anderson selected as 2016 Montana Teacher of the Year 09/21/2015
Congratulations to our new Teacher of the Year and finalists!

No matter your age, you need to plan now for retirement 09/15/2015
You're invited to one of MEA-MFT's Pre-retirement Workshops. Find one near you.

Register now for 2015 MEA-MFT Educators’ Conference 08/25/2015
MEA-MFT offers its unbeatable MEA-MFT Educators Conference again this year: October 15-16 in Billings.

MEA-MFT saves guaranteed annual benefit adjustments for TRS and PERS retirees 08/21/2015
MEA-MFT saves guaranteed annual benefit adjustments

MEA-MFT wins on teachers’ retirement  07/01/2015
Good news: District court has ruled in favor of MEA-MFT in our case to save Montana teachers’ Guaranteed Annual Benefit Adjustment (GABA).

MEA-MFT & our foundation work to promote teacher leaders 06/26/2015
MEA-MFT and our foundation, the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation (MPTF), pour considerable time and resources into providing top-quality professional development for teachers.

9 Montana teachers chosen as math & science finalists 06/10/2015
Nine Montana school teachers have been selected as the 2015 state finalists for the national prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation’s highest honor for U.S. mathematics and science teachers in grades kindergarten through 12.

Governor signs SB 411 to close MDC 05/06/2015
A terrible decision for MDC patients, their families, the employees, and the town of Boulder.

Parents of patients at MDC ask governor to veto SB 411 04/29/2015
SB 411, the bill to close MDC, is now on the governor's desk. Please ask him to veto it. Call 444-3111 to leave your message.

Legislature adjourns after failing to pass crucial infrastructure bill 04/28/2015
After more shenanigans in the Montana House of Representatives, the session’s key infrastructure bill is dead.