Superintendent Arntzen’s Statement on Implementing the Governor’s Education Budget Reductions
November 15, 2017
HELENA— State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen submitted her education budget reductions today as requested by the Governor’s Office of Budget and Program Planning. Through her conservative leadership, Superintendent Arntzen has been able to avoid reductions to direct school funding while absorbing reductions to state-level activities at the OPI. Superintendent Arntzen also kept her promise to ensure that the Digital Academy budget remains whole and that all students have the opportunity to succeed in their regular and advanced placement courses regardless of where they live. The total amount reduced is $1.7 million which represents 1.99% of eligible cuts. Please see the attached document for the full reduction proposal that was submitted to OBPP today.
“I have consistently said that as we face these budget challenges, we must not lead through fear,” Arntzen said Wednesday. “Through this whole process we have been thoughtfully planning how to best reduce spending at the OPI without cutting direct funding or services to students and local schools. Today we have done just that.”
Director of Communications and Federal Relations
Montana Office of Public Instruction