Democratic Legislators Go to Bat for Student Mental Health Care

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, January 21, 2022 CONTACT [email protected] Democratic Legislators Go to Bat for Student Mental Health Care Holding Elsie Arntzen accountable for steering the program “off a cliff” Helena, MT – In Thursday’s Children, Families, Health and Human Services Committee meeting, Democratic Legislators put Superintendent of the Office Public Instruction (OPI) Elsie Arntzen in the hot seat, questioning why her … Read More

Elsie Arntzen Had a Bad Week

Hadley Stack2021, Arntzen, News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, December 20, 2021 CONTACT [email protected] Elsie Arntzen Had a Bad Week Failing leadership at the OPI has pushed stakeholders to a breaking point Helena, MT – Across the state, Montana educators, administrators, students, and families have united to denounce the failure of leadership and incompetence at the Office of Public Instruction. Under Elsie’s failed leadership:  The superintendents of … Read More

BREAKING: OPI’s Tribal Liaison is a No-Show for Montana Indian Language Preservation Presentation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, December 17, 2021 CONTACT [email protected] BREAKING: OPI’s Tribal Liaison is a No-Show for Montana Indian Language Preservation Presentation   Helena, MT – In a budget hearing Wednesday, Representative Windy Boy announced that the OPI’s Tribal Liaison who oversees the Montana Indian Language Preservation (MILP) program, failed to show up when invited to present at a Native Language workshop on … Read More

Elsie’s OPI to shut down Educator Licensing system for 6 months

Hadley Stack2021, Arntzen, News, Republicans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 14, 2021 CONTACT [email protected] Elsie’s OPI to shut down Educator Licensing system for 6 months Teachers looking to renew licenses must mail in paper application Helena, MT – Elsie Arntzen’s OPI has announced that they are shutting down their educator licensing system between December 31, 2021 and June 1, 2022. They will be implementing a new system for … Read More

Unprecedented: AA School Superintendents Have “No Confidence” in Arntzen’s Leadership

Hadley Stack2021, Arntzen, News, Republicans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, December 8, 2021 CONTACT [email protected] Unprecedented: AA School Superintendents have “No Confidence” in Arntzen’s leadership Helena, MT – Yesterday, Montana AA School Superintendents sent a letter of No Confidence to State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen, arguing that her “conduct destabilizes the credibility of our local schools, the same ones [she was] elected to represent and on whose behalf [she is] … Read More

ICYMI: Elsie Arntzen Is Personally Withholding Public Records from the Press

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, October 28, 2020 CONTACT [email protected] ICYMI: Elsie Arntzen Is Personally Withholding Public Records from the Press What is Elsie Hiding?   Helena, MT – A new report from the Montana Free Press details Elsie Arntzen’s personal refusal to fulfill multiple public records requests regarding an unusual level of staff turnover at the Office of Public Instruction. The … Read More

MT Standard Op-Ed: Ex-superintendents say Romano will advocate for education

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 22, 2020 CONTACT [email protected] MT Standard Op-Ed: Ex-superintendents say Romano will advocate for education Helena, MT – In a new op-ed, past superintendents of public instruction Denise Juneau, Nancy Keenan, and Linda McCulloch throw their support behind Melissa Romano, and warn voters of the dangers another four years of Elsie Arntzen represents. The former superintendents blast Arntzen … Read More

ICYMI: Elsie Arntzen’s Hometown Paper Endorses Romano — Again

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, October 14, 2020 CONTACT [email protected] ICYMI: Elsie Arntzen’s Hometown Paper Endorses Romano — Again   Helena, MT – The Billings Gazette — hometown paper of Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen — has endorsed her opponent, Melissa Romano. The paper endorsed Romano in 2016, saying “Montana public schools have a strong, eloquent advocate in Melissa Romano, an awarding-winning Helena teacher, specializing … Read More

Elsie Arntzen STILL Hasn’t Explained How She’ll Be Sending $800k Back to Public Schools

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 23, 2020 CONTACT [email protected] Elsie Arntzen STILL Hasn’t Explained How She’ll Be Sending $800k Back to Public Schools 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.  … Read More

Elsie Arntzen Skips Critical Hearing to Attend Partisan Pence Rally — Sends Spokesman Empty-Handed

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 15, 2020 CONTACT [email protected] Elsie Arntzen Skips Critical Hearing to Attend Partisan Pence Rally — Sends Spokesman Empty-Handed OPI “[doesn’t] have a good answer” on redirecting $1.3 million in CARES funding back to public schools   Helena, MT – Yesterday, State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen skipped out on the final Education Interim Committee meeting (15:57:22) of the year to attend … Read More