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Whether it is helping organize a local FFA Alumni association, raising money for scholarships, working to get a local mill levy passed, organizing volunteers to build a new high school stadium bleachers, sponsoring school activities, contributing each fall to a college Steer-a-Year program, or personally chairing the fundraising committee for MSU's new Animal Bioscience building, Taylor Brown is widely recognized as one of the biggest supporters of education in our entire state. As we develop a stronger economy, we need to invest more in education, research and technology so our kids will be able to find jobs in a workforce that is competitive tomorrow.

On the local level, Taylor believes that we need to empower local schools with more flexibility in education programs, and in local spending decisions.

We may want to consider re-defining the make-up and the accountability of Public Education, and direct that a higher percent of the dollars must be spent in the classroom. We've got to raise pay for our teachers to a competitive wage.

Taylor is a product of, and a strong advocate for, public schools and our Montana University system.

We need more emphasis on education that will address current job opportunities and workforce needs in Montana, such as in vocational trades, and craft skills.

Most schools have better high speed Internet bandwidth now, and we need to push for broader implementation of distance learning technology that could especially help our smaller schools with accreditation and Advanced Placement classes.

We need to focus on getting an equitable formula in place for School Funding.


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