SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle school district officials have apologized after an email sent to parents suggested that Muslim families should reconsider their observance of Ramadan so students could...
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle School Board has selected Montana's former superintendent of public instruction Denise Juneau as the next superintendent of Seattle Public Schools.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's former Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau has been selected as the next superintendent of Seattle Public Schools.
The Independent Record reports that Juneau was selected Wednesday night. She was one of the three finalists Seattle's school board interviewed for the job.
Juneau will manage a district of nearly 54,000 students. She oversaw about 150,000 students in Montana.
University of Montana search committee will invite president finalists this week
The search committee for the University of Montana president will invite three or four finalists for the job for campus interviews, Higher Education Commissioner Clayton Christian said Thursday.
He said the hiring process is dynamic, but at this point, the committee did not intend to extend invitations to any internal candidates or ones with known Montana addresses.
Special election results raise questions about Tester’s 2018 reelection bid
MISSOULA — The morning after Republican Greg Gianforte secured a clear, if narrow, victory to become Montana’s next congressman, party leaders and political observers parsed the results for clues about what the 2018 U.S. Senate race might look like.
ACT scores reported under Juneau weren’t falsified, but report says OPI changes needed
A report examining the submission process for Montana's ACT scores to the feds last year found that all scores were not actually submitted as proficient, as Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen claimed earlier this year, though education officials initially intended to do so.
Elsie Arntzen of the Office of Public Instruction recently criticized her predecessor, Denise Juneau, for the use of the ACT exam for Montana students. Arntzen claims this is not compatible with Montana standards; she will set up an investigation of Juneau's choice, as previous head of the OPI, to use the ACT as a way to determine Montana students' preparedness for college.
With federal transgender guidance pulled back, bathroom policy up to local schools
When the Trump administration on Wednesday flushed Obama-era education guidance that said schools should let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, it didn't really change much in Montana.
Office of Public Instruction policy review could cost $2,850
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A review of the policies and procedures of the Office of Public Instruction could cost up to $2,850.
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2lsbmzh ) the office contracted with CMS Communication and Management Services for the review after Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen announced in January that Montana was out of compliance with federal testing regulations.
A week after Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen leveled accusations that education officials previously “falsified” Montana test scores, the U.S. Department of Education hasn't said much.
“We have been talking to that state about their assessments,” said an email from a spokeswoman Thursday. The parties were scheduled for another conversation Friday, Arntzen said.
Arntzen says test-score report ‘falsified’
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen said some Montana student test data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education weeks before she took office were "falsified" and out of compliance.
Ed hire who posted on Dems’ sexual orientation declines job
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's incoming superintendent of public instruction says a Republican Party operative won't join her team after he was criticized for social media comments he made about Democratic politicians' sexual orientation.
Randy Vogel, a former Billings police officer who worked recently for U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, declined his appointment as a senior policy adviser to incoming superintendent Elsie Arntzen, the Billings Gazette reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/2ixnYUI ).
High-ranking OPI hire criticized Juneau’s sexual orientation, implied Clinton was lesbian on Facebook
A longtime GOP operative hired to restructure Montana's Office of Public Instruction attacked the sexual orientation of female Democrats this fall, including outgoing state Superintendent Denise Juneau.
Randy Vogel, who most recently worked for Rep. Ryan Zinke, was appointed as senior policy adviser by new Superintendent Elsie Arntzen. A retired Billings police officer, Vogel has no professional background in education.
Great Falls senator seeks to replace Zinke in US House
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A state senator from Great Falls is telling Republican leaders that he wants to run for Montana's U.S. House seat when Ryan Zinke becomes President-elect Donald Trump's Interior secretary.
Sen. Ed Buttrey released a statement Monday that he plans to seek the Republican Party's nomination in a special election.
Zinke talks national security, other topics with Trump
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke says he discussed national security, sportsmen's rights and other topics during a closed-door meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.
Zinke visited Trump Tower in New York on Monday.
Montana's lone congressman Ryan Zinke will meet with President-elect Donald Trump today in New York City, according to Trump's schedule.
Zinke is in the mix for a handful of cabinet positions.
Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift would not comment on the meeting but said, "Rep. Zinke is committed to work with President-elect Donald Trump to make America and Montana great for everyone."
HELENA — The state Board of Canvassers has signed off on the passage of a ballot initiative that will add a new "victims' rights" section to Montana's Constitution, but it's unclear when the law will take effect.
Constitutional Initiative 116, also known as Marsy's Law, passed with 66 percent of the vote in November. But disagreement over when the law should be implemented twice last week stopped the board, which certifies election results, from validating its passage.
Petition encourages Juneau for UM job; OPI boss says it’s ‘exciting opportunity’
Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said Friday she may apply to be the next president of the University of Montana.
"I think I have the qualifications and the vision, and I think it's an exciting opportunity," Juneau said.
Juneau is completing her second term as state superintendent. In November, the Democrat lost the race for U.S. House of Representatives against incumbent Ryan Zinke.
Republican Zinke captures second term in Montana House race
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana captured a second term Tuesday, easily defeating Democratic challenger Denise Juneau with a message that emphasized his military experience and the need for vigilance against terrorists entering the U.S. as refugees.
The victory by the Whitefish Republican and former U.S. Navy SEAL maintains his party's two-decade lock on the state's sole House seat.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana defeats Democrat Denise Juneau, wins second term.
GOP’s Zinke, Democratic challenger Juneau vie for House seat
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In a race fueled by millions of dollars from out-of-state political groups and donors, Democrat Denise Juneau has waged a rancorous fight to wrest Montana's only U.S. House seat from Republicans for the first time in two decades.
Montana’s superintendent of public instruction, Denise Juneau, is being suggested as education secretary in a Hillary Clinton presidency.
The Washington Post, in its “Answer Sheet” political column Wednesday mentioned Juneau as a potential education secretary candidate under Hillary Clinton.
Juneau, a Democrat, is also a candidate for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.
Americans are almost through with our national embarrassment. In less than two weeks we will see the end of the worst campaign in our history. According to the most recent polls, Secretary Clinton will defeat Trump.
House Speaker Ryan pushes for Zinke re-election
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is urging Montana voters to send U.S. Rep Ryan Zinke back to Congress for a second term as Republicans seek to boost turnout ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
During a Sunday rally at the Billings airport, Ryan described Zinke, a former U.S Navy SEAL, as a rising leader within their party.
The Wisconsin lawmaker cited Zinke's push to bar Syrian refugees and his support for lifting the ban on U.S. crude oil experts.
Democratic super PAC spends $500,000 in Montana ads
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Democratic super PAC is spending $500,000 on Montana TV ads in favor of Denise Juneau in Montana's U.S. House race.
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2eUJzTc ) that the House Majority PAC is buying advertising in four Montana markets as part of a 13-state effort to narrow the gap with the Republican majority. Democrats need to win 30 more House seats to claim the majority.
A Democratic super PAC is spending $500,000 on Montana TV ads hoping to tip the scales in favor of Denise Juneau in Montana’s U.S. House race.
The House Majority PAC is buying ads in four Montana markets to run during the final two weeks of voting. It’s the first time the super PAC has purchased advertising in Montana.
Montana House race contrast: Navy SEAL vs longtime educator
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A decorated combat veteran warning about the threat of ISIS in America is being challenged for his U.S. House seat by a longtime educator who would become the first American Indian woman in Congress.
The race between Republican Ryan Zinke and Democrat Denise Juneau for Montana's only House seat reflects a broader divide playing out nationwide between Republicans focusing on foreign threats and Democrats honing in on domestic issues from education to the economy.
Biographies of candidates in Montana’s US House race
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke is being challenged by Democrat Denise Juneau and Libertarian Rick Breckenridge as he seeks a second term in Montana's at-large seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Here are details about the candidates:
As employers continue to tell schools they need students ready to enter the workforce, state officials have released a framework for unraveling the meaning behind a wide-open phrase — “college and career ready.”
Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau visited the Billings Career Center on Thursday and unveiled guidance for schools, including a set of measurable objectives indicating college and career readiness.
In the race for Montana’s sole U.S. House seat, incumbent Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke leads his challenger, Democrat Denise Juneau, according to a statewide poll commissioned by Lee Newspapers.
Gazette opinion: Why September matters to Billings students all year
The entire Rose Park Elementary student body took the pledge Friday afternoon. They joined McKinley and Newman students and about 15,000 other Montana public school kids who have promised to:
Graduate from high school. No matter what it takes, how long it takes, or how hard it gets. I can do this and I will not give up. I make this pledge to myself, my family, my friends and my community.
Juneau says she would change discourse on gays and lesbians
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's first openly gay federal candidate said Wednesday that electing her to Congress would be a historical event that could change the discourse about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people.
Denise Juneau, a Democrat, made her comments near the end of a debate against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke and Libertarian Rick Breckenridge that also touched on issues such as gun rights and agriculture.
HAMILTON — A new Libertarian candidate for Montana’s lone Congressional seat was selected Wednesday as county clerks and recorders across the state scrambled to reprint ballots following the death of Mike Fellows in a car crash Monday near Potomac.Rick Breckenridge of Proctor was selected as the party’s statewide candidate by the Ravalli County Libertarian Central Committee because the county has the only elected Libertarian central committee in the state. Breckenridge will take on incumbent...
Libertarian candidate Mike Fellows killed in car crash
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Mike Fellows, the state Libertarian Party chairman who was making his eighth run for Montana's U.S. House seat, died in a car crash, authorities said Tuesday.
Fellows, 59, was in a head-on collision with another vehicle on Montana Highway 200 Monday night as he was returning home to Missoula after a campaign event in Seeley Lake, Missoula County Undersheriff Jason Johnson said in a statement.
Montana educators adopt new science standards
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Board of Public Education has adopted new science standards for public school students that have benchmarks for what students need to know at certain grade levels.
The new standards don't tell teachers what to teach, and local districts will still have control over their curriculum. The standards combine Indian Education for All, Montana's constitutional requirement that schools teach about the state's Native American history and contemporary culture.
Zinke touts advancing bills, Juneau takes aim at super PACs
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. House committee advanced two bills by U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke on Thursday as his Democratic opponent, Denise Juneau, took aim at the first-term congressman with a proposal of her own.
The House Natural Resources Committee's endorsement of Zinke's bills gave the Republican an opportunity to showcase legislation he is sponsoring two months before Election Day.
U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke and Superintendent Denise Juneau made fewer mentions of their party’s presidential candidates in their second debate Thursday night and instead reserved their critiques for each other as they played to a rambunctious crowd.
Montana US House candidates clash over coal in debate
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrat Denise Juneau asserted strong support for the coal industry while Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke highlighted her vote against a major eastern Montana mining project as natural resources took center stage Thursday night during a sometimes-raucous U.S. House debate.
Zinke, Juneau meet in Frazer for first US House debate
FRAZER, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke and Democratic challenger Denise Juneau sparred on Native American and rural issues in their first debate on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
Juneau, who is seeking to unseat the first-term Republican congressman, told the audience Monday that Zinke says one thing to tribal leaders and then votes against their interests.
Not surprisingly, Montanans' focus is on the Governor's race in Montana. Many understand the necessity of keeping the Governor's Office in Democratic hands with both legislatures being controlled by Republicans. Many remember the questionable legislation rightly vetoed by Governors Schweitzer and Bullock in the past six legislative sessions.
However, an equally important race is the race for Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. I'm not sure the incumbent...
Montana US House candidates agree to 3 debates
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke and Democratic challenger Denise Juneau have agreed to three debates over the next two months.
Both sent out news releases Monday announcing the debates.
The first debate is scheduled for Aug. 29 at Frazer School on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, followed by a Sept. 1 debate at Montana State University Billings and an Oct. 5 debate at Great Falls College.
Both campaigns said they would like to set up a...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Democratic challenger for Montana's single seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has laid out her vision for public lands, a hot-button issue in this year's election.
Denise Juneau portrayed herself as a champion public lands and access during a Wednesday appearance at Spring Meadow Lake State Park in Helena, the Helena Independent Record (http://bit.ly/2ajP9Og ) reported.
Democratic congressional candidate Denise Juneau has been called out for a false attack on her opponent U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke.
At issue is Juneau’s criticism of Zinke’s public lands record. In a June 15, website posting, Juneau said “Congressman Zinke votes to sell off America’s public lands.” She followed up with a letter to editors of several Montana newspapers in which she said “Zinke voted to allow the transfer of Montana’s public land.”
Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke and his Democratic challenger Denise Juneau are breaking campaign fundraising records, according to federal filings released Friday, but few in Montana have been watching the race for the state’s lone House seat.
The lack of local attention to date stands in contrast to the excitement among some national political observers.
Top party officials, political analysts and some prominent national fundraising groups have hailed Juneau's...
Montana race for US Congress remains under the radar
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — It didn't take long for U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke to bring up his previous life as a U.S. Navy SEAL commander. He opened a recent interview by joking about how he used his military skills to bolt out of the House floor to his office during another lockdown at the U.S. Capitol. In recent weeks, he's soaked up national attention after offering himself up as a potential vice president or secretary of defense in a Trump administration.