Education

Jon believes public education is the great equalizer in this country. 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, leading the successful fight to keep Montana’s Job Corps centers open, and continuing investments in to programs like TRIO, Jon is fighting to ensure that a price tag does not determine anyone’s opportunity to learn.

Tester Leads Bipartisan Bill to Invest in Montana’s Future Farmers and Rural Leaders
Senator’s Youth Lead Act will extend grants for out-of-school programs including 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) As part of his work to support the next generation of Montana leaders, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today introduced his bipartisan Youth Lead Act – a...
Tester Secures More Than $1.4 Million for Head Start Programs in Central Montana
Funding will expand child care resources and access to early childhood education U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced he has secured $1,433,332 for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to support Central Montana Head Start that will...
Tester Secures More Than $2.2 Million for Head Start Programs in Northwest Montana
Funding will expand child care resources and access to early childhood education U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced he has secured $2,293,129 for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to support Northwest Montana Head Start that will...