FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 29, 2020
Helena, MT – In the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Montana’s teachers are making their preference clear. Current State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is failing to garner any kind of tangible support from Montana teachers — a meager 150 individuals have given money to her lackluster campaign, and not one is a current public school teacher. Melissa Romano, on the other hand, has outraised Arntzen quarter after quarter, bringing nearly 2,000 individual donors into her campaign — including nearly 400 public school teachers.
Montana Post: Not a Single Working Montana Teacher Has Donated to Elsie Arntzen’s Re-Election Bid
By: Don Pogreba
It’s little wonder that Arntzen has not received any support from educators working in Montana. Her office, when it has not been entirely incoherent and unfocused, has been more interested in privatizing Montana schools than in promoting public institutions. She cheered a $30 million budget cut for Montana schools when the Trump Administration floated it, and she failed to even represent Montana schools when legislators were proposing to end mandatory education.
Her response to the COVID-19 has been to mutter about “local control,” failing to understand that school districts across the state needed guidance and the best science to make decisions about both school closures and online instructional practices.
Montana’s public schools deserve a leader who understands her constitutional role to ensure a quality education for all students and who can articulate a vision that is neither funded by the Koch brothers nor so inarticulate and unclear as to be impossible to understand.
This is another chance for Montanans to learn from their excellent public school teachers: we know the failure of Elsie Arntzen’s term first-hand, and we know the damage she’d do in a second term. Listen to Montana’s teachers and support Melissa Romano today.
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