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Bonding bill: Bob Brown has it right  01/26/2015
Longtime Republican leader Bob Brown of Whitefish has it right on HB 5, the governor's bonding bill, which helps Montanans from the Bakken to Whitefish, including the Montana Historical Society.

SB 107 is dangerous - read why 01/19/2015
"Expanding high school districts and constructing new facilities less than five miles from three existing high achieving schools may increase local control, but in reality it only limits the options for local families."

The truth about so-called school “choice” 01/16/2015
What does school "choice" really mean? It means taking tax dollars from public schools, giving the money to private schools.

Montana's graduation rate highest ever 01/14/2015
MEA-MFT member Denise Juneau's wildly successful Graduation Matters program has helped boost our state's high school graduation level to the highest in history!

Bozeman Chronicle says no privatization of public schools 01/06/2015
Privatization of Montana’s public schools is one bad idea, not justified by the quality of our schools, and blatantly unconstitutional.

Montana teachers selected as national leaders 12/23/2014
Thirty-two Montana teachers have been selected to participate in the national Teacher Leadership Initiative, a program to develop a new generation of leaders within the teaching profession.

7 more Montana teachers earn National Board Certification 12/03/2014
Seven more Montana teachers recently joined the ranks of the nation’s top certified teachers.

Craig Beals of Billings: 2015 Montana Teacher of the Year! 09/22/2014
Craig Beals has a message to deliver: “Those who can, teach.”

MEA-MFT members star in “Montanans for the Common Core” video project 09/09/2014
Three MEA-MFT members star in the first of several videos featuring Montanans talking about the Montana Common Core Standards. More to come!

Bozeman EA members innovate, create, deliver 09/08/2014
Congratulations to Bozeman Education Assoc. President Tami Phillippi and BEA for securing this major grant from one of MEA-MFT's two national affiliates, the National Education Assoc.

Gov Bullock to kids: Work hard, have fun 08/27/2014
Montana Governor Steve Bullock has this inspirational back-to-school message for Montana's kids.

Melanie Charlson is new VP of MEA-MFT  08/04/2014
The MEA-MFT Board of Directors voted August 2 to elect Melanie Charlson as the new vice president of MEA-MFT.

7 MT teachers are state finalists in presidential awards 07/31/2014
Seven Montana Teachers Chosen as State Finalists for Presidential Science and Math Teaching Awards

Top MT teachers to celebrate effective teaching 07/16/2014
First-ever “ECET2-Montana” event (Elevating & Celebrating Effective Teaching & Teachers)

Anne Keith on the new math standards 06/30/2014
Bozeman math teacher Anne Keith is a National Board Certified Montana Teacher of the Year. She wrote this essay supporting Montana's Career and College Ready Standards, once upon a time referred to as "common core."

Video: ALEC in Montana 06/12/2014
Montana PBS did a great documentary on how the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is working in secret to pass its bills in state legislatures -- including Montana's. Don't miss this!

Stand up to ALEC! 05/14/2014
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) claims its education mission is to “promote excellence in the nation’s educational system,” yet its “model” legislation advocates for policies that defund public services, distort the curriculum, and undercut our educators.

Anna Baldwin & the Warrior Trail 05/14/2014
MEA-MFT member Anna Baldwin, Montana Teacher of the Year, brought her students from Arlee High School to spend part of the day with Governor Steve Bullock yesterday. It's quite a story.

MEA-MFT applauds Sen. Tester's NURSE Act to address school nurse shortage 05/07/2014
MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union, today applauded Montana U.S. Senator Jon Tester for introducing a bill to increase the number of school nurses in America’s k-12 public schools.

Sen. Tester passes resolution honoring public servants 05/06/2014
In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Senator Jon Tester (Montana) honoring federal, state and local government employees, both civilian and military, for their dedication and continued service to the United States.

Billings members receive $5,000 grant  04/23/2014
MEA-MFT members Susan Irion and Kristie Martin have received a $5,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation.

MEA-MFT celebrates Members of the Year 04/15/2014
Members of the Year are leaders in their professions and in their local MEA-MFT unions. They are extraordinarily dedicated to the Montana citizens they serve and to their coworkers.

Moved, motivated, & fired up: RA 2014  03/31/2014
"Energy, excitement -- people were buzzing."

MT Tech students & profs protest right wing speaker 03/27/2014
Some faculty and students at Montana Tech plan an unprecedented boycott of the university’s spring commencement in protest of the ceremony’s featured speakers, a wealthy couple from Bozeman whose critics say have radical social and religious views.

Medicaid expansion back on track 03/27/2014
Initiative 170 (I-170) will make health coverage through Medicaid available for an additional 70,000 low-income Montanans. It would create thousands of jobs in Montana. It's the right thing to do.

Supreme Court says no to LR 127 03/25/2014
LR 127 is gone. A good day for voters' rights.

Great news on Montana's state health centers 03/17/2014
Montana’s new state health centers are saving money for state employees and taxpayers alike. And they’re improving state workers’ health. The results are even better than expected.

Launching the Montana Digital Professional Learning Network 03/03/2014
MEA-MFT is working in partnership with the Montana Digital Academy, School Administrators of Montana, and the Office of Public Instruction to help schools implement the standards smoothly and on Montana’s terms.

MEA-MFT member Angela McLean chosen as Lt. Gov. 02/10/2014
Governor Steve Bullock has tapped Anaconda teacher and the chair of the Montana Board of Regents, Angela McLean, to serve as Montana’s 31st Lieutenant Governor.

MT's school community unites behind MUST 02/04/2014
Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA), School Administrators of Montana (SAM), MEA-MFT, and the Montana Rural Education Association (MREA) are pleased to come together in support of the Montana Unified School Trust (MUST), whose sole mission is to provide health benefits to Montana’s public schools.

Good news for public employee pensions 02/03/2014
The Tea Party legislators who want to undo Montana's current defined benefit pensions for public employees should read this:

Presidential Awardees support Common Core 01/23/2014

PERS & TRS GABA reduction stopped for now 01/22/2014
Good news: The litigation that MEA-MFT helped sponsor has resulted in reduction of GABA (Guaranteed Annual Benefit Adjustment) for PERS & TRS retirees being suspended for now.

17 more Montana teachers earn National Board Certification 01/21/2014
Congratulations to the 17 Montana teachers who recently achieved National Board Certification, thus joining the ranks of the nation’s top K-12 educators.

Presidential math and science winners 01/21/2014
Elizabeth Matthews, Gallatin Gateway School, Gallatin Gateway (Science)and Melissa Romano, Four Georgians Elementary, Helena (Math)are presidential winners.

Important tax information for members 01/03/2014
Important tax notice: You can deduct your MEA-MFT dues from your taxes, but only if you itemize deductions, and only if your dues plus other miscellaneous deductions add up to at least 2 percent of your adjusted gross income.

Judge grants injunction stopping GABA reduction in TRS 12/30/2013
Late in the afternoon of Dec. 27, Judge Mike Menahan granted MEA-MFT's request for a preliminary injunction that prevents the state from implementing a serious GABA reduction come January 1 in the Teachers Retirement System.

Eileen Sheehy recognized as one of nation's top teachers 11/21/2013
WASHINGTON, DC – MEA-MFT member Eileen Sheehy will be recognized as one of the nation's top teachers in February.

Common Core: Myths Undressed 10/23/2013
Please check out what one of Montana's most distinguished educators has to say, yet again, about Common Core and the wrong-headed myths opponents like to spread.

PERS amortizes! 10/11/2013
As expected, as a result of HB 454 passed in the last legislative session, the Montana Public Employees’ Retirement [Pension] System now amortizes. This is great news.

Teachers Retirement GABA complaint officially filed 10/11/2013
Pursuant to our belief the 2013 legislature unnecessarily stepped over constitutional and statutory lines when it amended reductions in guaranteed annual benefit adjustments into HB 377 that has amortized and saved the Teachers Retirement System as a pension system, this morning in a Helena district court, MEA-MFT and individual named plaintiffs filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and Relief.

Good news: MUST partners with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Montana  10/09/2013
Effective July 1, 2014, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana will begin processing medical, dental, and vision claims for all MUST members.

22 Montana Teachers of the Year issue statement supporting Common Core 10/04/2013
In an unprecedented move, 22 Montana Teachers of the Year have banded together to make a statement. These teachers strongly support Montana's Common Core Standards.

Anna Baldwin of Arlee named 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year 09/23/2013
Anna Baldwin “basically didn’t believe it” when she got the phone call from Eileen Sheehy at 8:00 last night, telling her she had been selected as the 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year.

50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” 08/22/2013
Dr. King’s legacy was about public education & unions as well as civil rights.

Great news: Montana pension investments gain 10% 08/22/2013
The folks who invest and manage your pension dollars are doing a great job. Here's proof.

Fund public services, end corporate tax dodging 08/21/2013
MEA-MFT member-leaders Shannon Bender and Jill Cohenour led the charge today at a rally urging Congress to stop corporate tax dodging and restore funding for education and other crucial public services.

MEA-MFT will litigate against attacks on GABA for TRS & PERS retirees 06/14/2013
“We are working right now with other advocate organizations representing current and future retirees on a common, comprehensive legal challenge,” said MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver.

Public employee pensions protected 06/04/2013
The 2013 Montana legislative session was do-or-die time for saving Montana’s public employee pension systems and making them actuarially sound. Working with Governor Steve Bullock and other allies, we did it.

Gov. Bullock signs school funding bill, vetoes privatization bill 05/06/2013
Today, Governor Steve Bullock signed SB 175 (L.Jones) - to fund public schools - as passed by the legislature. This is the bipartisan bill that MEA-MFT and the rest of Montana's public school community worked so hard together to pass this session.