Frenchtown teachers say ‘private lives’ are being attacked, causing ‘crisis of morale’

Whether parents can transfer their elementary student out of a classroom because the teacher has a same-sex partner has sparked community controversy in Frenchtown.

The issue has ignited a tense debate with some residents and teachers concerned about creeping conservatism at the local school board, and what it could mean for Frenchtown families. 

In the early weeks of this academic year, a Frenchtown Intermediate School teacher told the class she has a wife. It was innocuous, a passing answer to a student’s question about the details of a photo included in a “get-to-know-you” activity. The teacher is not named in any public school board records as a matter of privacy. 

After a Frenchtown teacher told a class of students that she has a wife, two parents requested their kids be transferred to another classroom. The school board voted to do so, sparking controversy.


“She’s warm and caring, and we felt like she was committed to the education of our child,” Racquel Rausch, the parent of a student in this teacher’s classroom, told the Missoulian. “We had no idea of

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