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Arntzen, Daines, Republican legislators don't support Montana students


HELENA -- When it comes to public education, Superintendent Elsie Arntzen, Republican state legislators and Republican Senator Steve Daines are more interested in stripping resources away from Montana’s public schools than improving the lives of students across the state.

In her first few weeks on the job, Arntzen’s already failed to stand up for Montana’s students:

  1. She’s getting rid of the successful, grant-funded and community-driven Graduation Matters Montana program.

  2. She remains silent when it comes to providing additional funds for students with disabilities.

  3. She was absent from a hearing about much-needed funding for 19-year-old students on Monday.

  4. She recently degraded the Office of Public Instruction by falsely accusing them of failing to do their job taking care of Montana students.

  5. She embarrassingly appointed a cabinet-level administrator with a record of sexist, homophobic remarks who had no experience in education.

Republican legislators have failed so far to move forward on special education funding for Montana students. They have also proposed extremist budget cuts for K-12 students across the state.

In addition to Superintendent’s Arntzen’s lack of contribution to Montana’s public schools and Republicans in the Montana legislature pushing a dangerous school choice agenda, Sen. Steve Daines introduced school choice legislation today in Washington D.C. that will pull resources out of our public schools.

“Elsie Arntzen and her out-of-touch Republican friends are no friend to Montana students and teachers,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Investing in our public schools is an investment in a stronger economy, higher-paying jobs, and a better Montana. Unfortunately, Superintendent Arntzen, Senator Daines and their partners are putting partisan politics before kids.”

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