Elsie Arntzen

School bus.

The federal government this week released its final rules to help states improve their schools and narrow achievement gaps. In November, Montana released its first draft plan explaining how it will comply with those rules.

That means all the pieces are in place to succeed the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act, right? Not exactly:

The latest returns show Republican Elsie Arntzen leading Democrat Melissa Romano in the race for state school superintendent as of early this morning.

Corin Cates-Carney

Candidates in Montana's State Auditor race debated for the first time this election season during an event hosted by the Seeley Lake Community Council on Thursday. 

Democrat Jesse Laslovich and Republican Matt Rosendale challenged each other's ability to address rising healthcare costs, if elected as the state's top regulator of insurance and securities industries in Montana. 

The debate also featured statewide candidates in the contests for Superintendent of Public Instruction and an open seat on the Public Service Commission. 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte toured ExplorationWorks! science center in Helena September 02, 2016.
Corin Cates-Carney

The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor focused on education today in campaign stops in Helena.

Greg Gianforte and Elsie Arntzen proposed policy changes in Kalispell to grow computer science education in the state, May 17, 2016.
Eric Whitney

Today, Montana's Republican candidates for governor and superintendent of public schools called for policy changes to grow computer science education in the state.

Montana Republican Party
Montana Republican Party

Several hundred Montana Republican Party members are gathering in Billings starting tonight to select the state’s delegation for the National GOP Convention, in July.

Sally Mauk and her guests dissect the first TV ad in Montana’s governor’s race, tally up the big bucks in the U.S. House race, and look at the candidates in the race for superintendent of schools in this episode of "Campaign Beat."

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

Billings State Senator Elsie Arntzen is campaigning to be the first Republican superintendent of public instruction in three decades. During this year’s election, she hopes to replace current Superintendent Denise Juneau, who has termed out of the position. Arntzen sat down to talk with Montana Public Radio’s Capitol Reporter Corin Cates-Carney.

Melissa Romano is the Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Courtesy Melissa Romano

This year, voters will decide who will become the next leader of Montana’s education system. Current Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, a Democrat, has termed out of the position. The Democrats have fielded Helena grade-school teacher Melissa Romano to run to succeed her. Romano sat down with Montana Public Radio’s Capitol Reporter Corin Cates-Carney.

Money Rolls Into Montana's Down-Ticket Campaigns

Mar 2, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Lots of money is flowing into Montana's gubernatorial race, but candidates for down-ticket races are also trying to scoop up campaign money