Missoulian Op-Ed: Ensuring every Montana child achieves

My mother had an unshakable faith in the power of public education. With her encouragement, the first job I took after college was teaching at my childhood elementary school.

I have been actively involved in public education my entire life – as a student, teacher, school board member, parent, grandparent and now a U.S. senator.

So when the Senate had the chance to undo some of the damage caused by the No Child Left Behind Act, I was proud to stand with a bipartisan group of 81 senators and overhaul this broken system. That’s why I voted for the Every Child Achieves Act last week.

This bill reforms education policy for the first time in 13 years – affecting millions of American families.

While I don’t agree with everything in the bill, it’s a big step forward.

Most importantly, the bill returns decision making to the local level, giving school boards, teachers and parents control over students’ education.

The bill also moves us away from using testing as the primary measure of a student’s performance – another No Child Left Behind policy that failed.

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KRTV: RED HORSE unit will stay at Malmstrom AFB

The 819th RED HORSE Squadron will remain at Malmstrom Air Force Base, according to a press release from U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) on Tuesday. The Air Force had been considering moving the RED HORSE unit from Malmstrom to a base in Guam. Tester met with Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James on…

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Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Congress tackles replacing No Child Left Behind

Thanks to the federal education law No Child Left Behind, American children starting kindergarten today can expect to take 17 federally required tests by the time they graduate. Congress started debate last week on bills that will decide whether the next generation of American students faces the same gauntlet of tests. What happens in Washington,…

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New York Times Op-Ed: Senator Jon Tester, on a Conservation Fund

Teddy Roosevelt recognized that there are places in this country so special that they shouldn’t be developed, so he helped set aside these lands for future generations. As a Montanan, I know that for the last 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been the best tool the American people have had to…

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Helenair.com: Tenderfoot Legacy land acquisition celebrated

Speakers at the Capitol on Friday celebrated the newest addition to the Lewis and Clark National Forest by rallying behind the uncertain future of the fund that made the acquisition a reality. Gov. Steve Bullock, Sen. Steve Daines, Sen. Jon Tester and USDA Undersecretary Robert Bonnie were among those who supported reauthorizing the Land and…

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