City Club Missoula panel on public ed discusses lower teacher pay, equity

Low teacher pay and educational equity topped the public education topics at a City Club Missoula event on Monday afternoon.

Experts included McCall Flynn, executive director of the Montana Board of Public Education, Lance Melton, executive director of the Montana School Board Association and State Representative David Bedey (R-Hamilton), who also chairs the Legislature’s Education Interim Budget Committee.

“I think a compelling case for change can be made that our current education system is based upon a model that was appropriate and highly effective in the 1900s when we were industrializing this country,” Bedey said. “But now the economy has changed and the approach that we need to education is different.”

Recently, the constitutional authorities on education in Montana met to discuss their goals and how they can move forward to accomplish them as the Legislative session nears.

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The group, which included representatives from the Board of Public Education, the Board of Regents and others, reached consensus on four areas: embracing proficiency-based learning models, transforming the teaching profession, the importance of career and technical education opportunities and access to early childhood education.

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