FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Helena, MT – Earlier this month, a federal judge struck down Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s May directive diverting taxpayer dollars to private schools in Montana. That directive, with Elsie Arntzen’s eager support, drove an estimated $800,000 from Montana public schools to private institutions.
Controversy about the legality of the guidance has circulated since its inception, but instead of preparing for the possibility of a reversal, Arntzen and her administration failed to make a plan. Tim Johnson — Arntzen’s fifth deputy superintendent in three and a half years — showed up to an Education Interim Committee meeting in his boss’s place empty-handed, telling legislators, “I don’t have a good answer for you when it comes to how to make the funds whole as a result of this.”
More than a week later, public school administrators are still looking for answers from Elsie Arntzen.
It is no surprise Arntzen once again failed to show up for public schools. Her record voting against them and public employees led the Montana Federation of Public Employes to unanimously condemn her candidacy for state superintendent.
“Montana students and teachers are looking for answers, and Elsie Arntzen — as usual — is nowhere to be found,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “Montanans deserve a Superintendent who shows up — time and again, Arntzen has proven that she’s not up to the task.”
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