Spoiler: they all want to privatize public education in Montana.

What is "school choice"? Don't be fooled. “School choice” is a catch-all phrase that covers a variety of efforts to privatize public education. The "school choice" movement has been around for decades, trying to expand its reach school district state by state.[1]

School Choice = School Privatization

Using public funds to support for-profit private schools undermines the public school system, which educates the majority of Montana's children, and that it's ultimately aimed at privatizing the most important civic institution in the country.[2]

Betsy DeVos is a huge advocate of school privatization.[3] But did you know Superintendent of Public Education Elsie Arntzen also supports school privatization?[4] So does U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte.[5]

So, what can we do to support and protect Montana's public schools?

  1. Call Elsie Artntzen and tell her to end her support of school privatization: 406-444-5643

  2. Call Greg Gianforte: 202-225-3211

  3. Sign our petition

  4. Donate to Montanans Organized for Education and help us hold school privatization advocates accountable

Last week Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives. It did not go well. Watch the video below. You won't be disappointed, but you might be horrified by DeVos' defense of fraud, waste, and the abuse of taxpayer dollars.

We must stop DeVos' proposal to use nearly a half billion dollars to start up new for-profit charter schools. $1,000,000,000 spent on fraudulent and failing charters that never open, or open and close, is already too much.

Please take a moment to call the following Senators and tell them to support public education, not private for-profit charter schools.

Thank you, Rep. Moffie Funk Executive Director, Montanans Organized for Education

Sen. Durbin 202-224-2152

Sen. Reed 202-224-4642

Sen. Shaheen 202-224-2841

Sen. Merkley 202-224-3753

Sen. Schatz 202-224-3934

Sen. Baldwin 202-224-5653

Sen. Murphy 202-224-4041

Sen. Manchin 202-224-3954

Montanans love their public schools. They educate our children and grandchildren, they provide essential resources to kids in need, and they are the centers of our communities.

Unfortunately, some politicians think our public schools should be cash cows for their wealthy friends. They want to sell off our Montana schools and make us look like Indiana and Michigan -- states that have privatized their school systems with horrible results for students, parents, and taxpayers.

Montanans Organized for Education (MOFE) is committed to halting the sale of Montana's schools and preventing the diversion of public dollars to private for-profit institutions.Will you send a love letter to Montana's public schools by making a donation?Your donation helps us monitor and fight school privatization schemes in Montana.

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