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.
September 12, 2019| View More
As part of his ongoing efforts to expand access to childcare and early childhood education across Montana, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $1,030,510 for Early Head Start—Child Care Partnerships in the Fort Belknap Indian Community.
August 27, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today that Salish Kootenai College will receive a $3.5 million National Science Foundation grant to fund an Indigenous Research Center on their campus in Pablo, Mont.
August 21, 2019| View More
As part of his efforts to bolster early childhood education in Indian Country, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that the Blackfeet Tribe will receive $3.9 million to fund their Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.
August 13, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester spent an hour fielding questions and soliciting feedback from a crowd of nearly 100 …