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Feb 5, 2014

Tester meets with Montana education leaders

(U.S. SENATE) - Senator Jon Tester this week met with leaders of the Montana School Boards Association to discuss the importance of investing in early education to strengthen Montana's future.

Tester's meeting comes shortly after Congress passed a bipartisan funding bill that increases resources for early education initiatives and repeals the damaging cuts caused by sequestration. After the meeting, Tester said investing in early education will give young Montanans more tools to succeed and make Montana a better place to live.

"Giving kids an early boost now will pay big dividends down the road for our state," said Tester, a former elementary school teacher. "Investing in early education is the best way to prepare our kids and grandkids for success that guarantees them a bright future and strengthens our state."

The school board association members thanked Tester for his long-standing support of education in Montana.

Tester recently co-sponsored The Strong Start for America's Children Act, which expands young Montanans' access to high-quality, early childhood education. The bill will improve early childhood education by increasing the quality of infant and toddler care.

Joining Tester in his Washington, D.C. office were School Boards President Sabrina Steketee, President-Elect Wayne Todd and Director of Governmental Affairs Bob Vogel. The School Boards Association works to improve education for all young Montanans and includes members from almost every school district in Montana.

The recent bipartisan funding bill increases investment in initiatives that address gaps in achievement, in special education and in Impact Aid. Impact Aid helps schools make up for lost revenue or address increased costs associated with a federal activity, such as a military base or Indian reservation.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Glendive

122 W Towne
Glendive, MT 59330
Phone: (406) 365-2391
Fax: (406) 365-8836

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

14 Third Street E, Suite 230
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front Street
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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