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Elsie Arntzen

From left to right, Rep. Greg Gianforte, Sen. Al Olszewski and Attorney General Tim Fox.
Photo credit L- R, Eric Whitney, Corin Cates-Carney and Montana DOJ

Montana now has three Republicans campaigning for governor, with one candidate dropping out of the race to run for the U.S. House. Party leaders met in Helena this weekend. Veteran journalists Chuck Johnson and Ed Kemmick offer their analysis with Montana Free Press Editor John Adams.

Elsie Arntzen is Montana's superintendent of public instruction.
Montana Legislature

Republican Elsie Arntzen says she’ll seek re-election next year as Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

Montana student achievement scores for 2018.
Montana Office of Public Instruction


After several years of improvement, Montana’s Native American graduation rate dropped slightly last year, according to Montana’s new statewide school report card which was released Monday. 

Bill Aims To Change Education Of Dyslexic Kids

Mar 21, 2019
Montana Capitol.
Shaylee Rager / UM Legislative News Service

HELENA -- Sen. Cary Smith has a personal connection to a bill he is sponsoring in the Montana Legislature that would address how public schools screen for dyslexia.

“I thought that we’ve know about it for a long time, so obviously we’ve got great programs going to teach kids with dyslexia how to read, but it didn’t turn out that way for us with my granddaughter,” Smith said.


Gov. Steve Bullock signed a $77 million funding package for Montana public schools into law this week.

The public school funding bill outlines an inflationary increase over the next two years to the K-12 public school system, in which more than 12,000 educators serve more than 150,000 students.

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