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—and that begins as early as pre-kindergarten. From Glendive to Ravalli County, Jon has secured millions of dollars to support Montana’s Head Start programs, ensuring that Montana kids have the tools they need to thrive right out of the gate.
Jon is committed to ensuring schools in Montana and across rural America can recruit and retain top-notch teachers. In order to boost teacher recruitment in rural Montana, Jon introduced the Rural Educator Support and Training (REST) Act and the Native Educator Support and Training (NEST) Act. These bills work to address the shortages of educators in Montana, both in Indian Country and at large. The REST and NEST Acts strengthen teacher workforce by providing scholarships, loan forgiveness, and professional development opportunities to educators who commit to work in rural schools. Montana’s future leaders deserve the best of the best when it comes to their education, and getting America’s brightest teachers in rural classrooms is the first step.
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 roll back provisions of No Child Left Behind, has passed legislation to strengthen local control over our state's schools, and has pushed back against efforts to privatize public education and divert critical resources away from schools with limited resources.
Jon believes education doesn’t stop at high school, and he is working to make it easier for Montanans to continue learning. He knows to achieve this, we’ve got to make college more affordable and ensure job training and apprenticeship programs stay up and running. By restoring year-round Pell Grants, supporting the Perkins Loan and Public Service Loan Forgiveness Programs, and continuing investments in to programs like Job Corps and TRIO, Jon is fighting to ensure that a price tag does not determine anyone’s opportunity to learn.
August 12, 2020| View More
As part of his continued efforts to increase access to childcare and early education for families across Montana, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $1,870,634 in Early Head Start funding for AWARE in Butte.
August 6, 2020| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today secured $4,272,094 in Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) funding for 14 Montana colleges and universities to increase college retention and graduation rates for low-income Montanans across the state. Current SSS funding is slated to run out on August 31st.
August 4, 2020| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after reports that the U.S. Census Bureau is planning to end its constitutionally mandated effort to count Americans a month early:
July 31, 2020| View More
Tester, Casey to Betsy DeVos: Scrap Distorted Guidance and Get Emergency Funding to K-12 Schools Without Delay
U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) today slammed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for failing to get emergency support to school districts during the pandemic and urged her to follow congressional intent when allocating coronavirus relief funds to elementary and secondary schools.
July 27, 2020| View More
As the coronavirus crisis continues disrupting daily life, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is sponsoring a bill to help ensure families across rural America who lack adequate internet access do not get left behind.