Montana public employee union condemns state schools superintendent over leadership issues
Montana’s largest public employee union helped launch a petition Wednesday condemning the state’s chief of public instruction. It’s the latest volley in a growing controversy over Elsie Arntzen’s leadership.
The petition circulated by the Montana Federation of Public Employees denounces state school superintendent Elsie Arntzen as “failing Montana’s students, families, and educators.”
It simultaneously declares support for Montana’s largest district administrators and others who last week said Arntzen’s leadership has led to widespread turnover within the state education agency.
MFPE says the petition collected the signatures of more than 2,000 Montanans in less than 24 hours.
Earlier this week, a letter drafted by two western Montana school trustees in support of Arntzen’s job performance generated well over 500 signatures, including those of more than 20 Republican state lawmakers.
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