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Issue Position: Education

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* Personal Higher Education - Monica took the Montana values she learned from her parents and grandparents and put herself through college at MSU-Billings, earning a teaching degree in English and History, and completing the majority of her master's degree work while teaching part-time in the English Department and the Department of Educational Foundations. Monica was the first in her family to earn a college degree.

* State Land Board -- In her three years as a member of the state's Land Board, Monica's leadership led to more than $294 million for our schools raised through thoughtful management of our state's school trust lands.

* Definition of Quality Education -- As Chair of the House Select Education Committee in the Montana Legislature, Monica led Republicans and Democrats to successfully and unanimously define a quality system of public education for our children in Montana.

* K-12 School Funding -- As Chair of the Quality Schools Interim Committee, Monica took on the challenge of working with Republicans, Democrats, educators, administrators, school board members, and other interested groups across Montana to develop a new school funding formula in response to a legal court decision which concluded that Montana schools were not adequately funded. The work of the committee led to a successful special session in December of 2005 which passed legislation to increase school funding and added new funding components to address quality educators, Indian Education for All, closing the American Indian student achievement gap, and at risk students.

* Career & Technical Education -- Understanding the growing importance of two-year technical education and training for good-paying jobs, Monica fought for and supported bonding to grow our career and technical colleges in Montana.


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