Jon believes public education is the foundation of America's democracy. As a former public school student, teacher, and school board member, Jon knows how important access to a quality public education is to Montana's rural way of life.
That's why Jon is committed to ensuring schools in Montana and across rural America can recruit and retain top-notch teachers. He is also working with teachers, parents, school board members, and administrators to ensure that policies coming out of Washington D.C. don't stifle creativity in the classroom. He helped dismantle provisions of No Child Left Behind, and has passed legislation to strengthen local control over our state's schools.
And, Jon has pushed back against efforts to privatize public education and divert critical resources away from schools with limited resources.
Jon also wants to make it easier for Montanans to continue learning beyond K-12, which is why he is fighting to make college more affordable. By restoring year-round Pell Grants, lowering student loan interest rates, and supporting the Perkins Loan Program, Jon wants to ensure that no one is priced out of a college degree.
August 13, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester spent an hour fielding questions and soliciting feedback from a crowd of nearly 100 …
August 2, 2019| View More
As part of his ongoing support for early childhood education, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced $1 million in funding for Great Falls Early Head Start Program, serving kids in the greater Great Falls region.
July 26, 2019| View More
Tester Secures More Than $900,000 in Funding for Montana State University Defense Technology Programs
U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today that Montana State University’s MilTech program will receive $937,157 over six months, and $4,648,500 over five years, to assist the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in acquiring cutting-edge defense technology.
July 19, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced Thursday that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will receive more than $2.8 million to fund their Head Start and Early Head Start Programs which will provide education, health, and nutrition services to low-income children.