The MFPE board of directors unanimously adopted the following new business item condemning the candidacy of Elsie Arntzen for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
New Business Item #2
Action: Condemn Candidacy of Elsie Arntzen for Superintendent of Public Instruction
Rationale: Elzie Arntzen has never proven herself to be an advocate for public education or public employees.
As Superintendent of Public Instruction during the 2019 Legislature, Elsie:
- Failed to oppose HB 303 to end compulsory education.
- Refused to support HB 225, the governor’s k-12 school funding bill. She especially opposed his proposal to begin state funding of prek public education.
- Failed to testify in support of HB 159, the Republican leadership’s k-12 school funding bill.
- Failed to oppose HB 755 that would in part privatize state funded prek.
- Spoke in favor of school privatization at a Montana Family Foundation sponsored school “choice” rally.
- Failed to support HB 211 that establishes new hire school loan repayment of up to $12,000 over three years of successful employment.
- Failed to support HB 351 that provides state funded incentives for school districts to implement “transformational” learning.
- Failed to say anything about HB 387 that expands personalized opportunities for students to accelerate career and college readiness.
- Said nothing about HB 638 that inflates k-12 special education funding for the biennium.
- And said nothing about SB 92 that provides greater local school district funding capacity to address student health issues and school safety.
Cycling back to her legislative career, in 2015 – As a member of the Montana Senate, Elsie
- Voted YES on HB 322 providing local and state revenue vouchers for certain kids to enroll in private and sectarian schools almost anywhere.
- Voted NO on SB 12 providing state funding of 19 year olds who maintain high school enrollment.
- Voted YES for SB 410 establishing income tax credits funding student scholarship organizations to create scholarships for kids attending private, unaccredited schools.
In 2013 – As a member of the Montana Senate. Elsie
- Voted YES on HB 213 creating taxpayer funded tuition tax credits for private and sectarian education.
- Voted NO on SB 14 providing ANB funding for students 19 years of age.
- Voted YES on SB 81 providing tax credits to student scholarship organizations to reward scholarships to kids attending private, sectarian, and unaccredited schools.
- Voted YES on SB 406 terminating TRS and PERS defined pension benefit plans.
In 2011 – as a member of the Montana House, Elsie
- Voted NO on an amendment to HB 2 retaining state funding for the Montana State Veterans Home, killing an effort to privatize that iconic facility.
- Voted NO on a motion blasting HB 13, the state employee pay plan out of committee.
- Voted NO on HB 189 amortizing Montana Teachers Retirement System.
- Voted NO on HB 439 bonding capital construction around the state including in the Montana University System and the Montana Historical Society.
- Voted YES on SB 315 redefining good cause and due process in teacher tenure statutes.
In 2009 – as a member of the Montana House, Elsie
- Voted YES on various amendments to HB 2 cutting state funding of Higher Education Student Assistance, Office of Public Instruction, Montana, Board of Public Education, and Department of Corrections.
- Voted YES on a motion blasting HB 624 to make Montana a “right-to-work” state out of committee.
- Voted YES on HR3 – a resolution endorsing secession from the Union.
In 2007 regular session – as a member of the Montana House, Elsie
- Voted NO on HB 2 – state funding bill – precipitating a special legislative session.
- Voted YES on HB 492 to apply a “tip credit” to Montana minimum wage law.
- Voted YES on HB 701 cutting Montana property taxes dedicated to public school funding and eliminating the quality educator payment.
In 2007 special session – as a member of the Montana House, Elsie
- Voted NO on HB 2 to fund state government.
In 2005 regular session – as a member of the Montana House, Elsie
- Voted NO on HB 2 funding state government.
- Voted NO on HB 124 (k-12 SHIP) creating a statewide school employee health care pool.
- Voted YES on HB 404 permitting anyone to teach for free.
- Voted NO on HB 447 providing state employee salary increases of 4% and 3.5% over the 2007 biennium.
- Voted NO on SB 78 increasing $5.15 Montana minimum wage 30 cents in 2005 and 35 cents in 2006.
2005 special session – as a member of the Montana House, Elsie
- Voted NO on HB 1 funding a new k-12 public school formula featuring dollars for quality educators, Indian Education for All, Indian achievement, and at-risk students.