Oops! We did it again!
- Thanks to Principal Uecker and a couple of his students, GFPS provided testimony at the hearing on a bill that would provide funding for 19-year olds. Lots of legislators don’t want to pay for the education of students who just need a little more time.
- We held a press conference with United Way that not only released our drop-out and on-time graduation rates, but also made it clear that we would continue with the Graduation Matters initiative with or without OPI and our new Superintendent of Public Instruction’s support.
- I asked hard questions of Superintendent Arntzen about the so-called ACT testing issue at the Board of Public Education meeting week before last. The free ACT test is a good thing for our students.
- At the Elementary Principals’ Conference held here in Great Falls last week, I asked Ms. Arntzen if she could see a way forward for funding preschool. When she answered that she wouldn’t “impede” it if the Legislature passed it, I told her I was “disheartened” by that answer. I happen to think that because it would be her job to support the laws that she was elected to implement, that she would actually advocate for it if it were to be passed. My comments have not been without criticism. You can see some here as well as my response: http://ecitybeat.com/showboatin/.