FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Helena, MT – This teacher appreciation week, it’s important to recognize the contributions of our state’s remarkable educators — and hold accountable those that fail to support them in their work. Over the course of her tenure as State Superintendent, Elsie Arntzen has been no friend to our public school teachers.
When the Trump administration rolled out its budget for 2021, Arntzen cheered the billion dollar cuts to public education — including a $30 million cut to Montana schools. Instead of standing up for Montana students and teachers, Arntzen put her name on Betsy DeVos’s press release touting the cuts. Arntzen has refused to stand up for Montana schools in the legislature — in the 2019 session alone, Arntzen failed to speak out against legislation that would have ended compulsory education, and refused to show up to support the bipartisan k-12 school funding bill. She did, however, make time to show up at a Montana Family Foundation rally to advocate for school privatization.
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