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.
June 18, 2019| View More
As part of his ongoing effort to help Montana's next generation thrive, U.S. Senator Jon Tester has introduced two new bills to expand support services for children in rural areas by bringing more mental health care professionals to rural schools and pediatric hospitals.
May 9, 2019| View More
Rise in Drug and Substance Use on College Campuses Prompts Tester, Capito, Hassan to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation
(U.S. Senate) - To combat rising rates of the misuse of drugs and other substances on college campuses, U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced bipartisan legislation to help fund substance misuse prevention and treatment initiatives at colleges and universities.
May 8, 2019| View More
(U.S. Senate) - On National School Nurses Day, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is renewing his push to help …
May 1, 2019| View More
Tackling Teacher Shortages & Strengthening Education for Rural and Native American Students are Aim of Tester Legislation
(U.S. Senate) - In his ongoing effort to strengthen education for Montana students, U.S. Senator Jon Tester introduced two bills aimed at incentivizing educators to teach in rural America and in Indian Country.