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.
July 6, 2021| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that Head Start programs across Montana will receive a total of $5,302,892 in grant funding to help support in-person, comprehensive services this fall.
May 26, 2021| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that Northwest Montana Head Start in Kalispell will receive $2,040,139 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding to continue providing Head Start early education opportunities and child care services for families in the Flathead Valley.
May 12, 2021| View More
In honor of National Nurses Week and on National School Nurse Day, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is today introducing the Nurses for Under-Resourced Schools Everywhere (NURSE) Act to help rural and underserved Montana schools hire more school nurses and increase student access to care.
April 28, 2021| View More
As part of his continued efforts to ensure that every Montana kid has access to critical nutrition, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will use American Rescue Plan funding to expand Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits and feed more than 30 million …
April 14, 2021| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that he has secured $32,191,069 in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding for the Montana Department of Health and Human Services to support the Montana state laboratory's capacity for the prevention and control of infectious diseases including COVID-19.