Montana education advocates set to speak at OPI event in Helena

Eric Young

As the 2023 legislative session kicks off, the Montana Office of Public Instruction will be holding a ceremony championing the parents of students in Helena next week.

In what will be called the “Parents as Our First Teachers,” the celebration follows a tour across the state by Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen where she met with parents, educators and legislators. During these meetings, the former Billings public school teacher fielded questions and comments ranging from school curriculum and teacher pay to budgetary spending to special education needs to determine educational priorities for the upcoming session.

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The event will be held in the in the Montana State Capitol Rotunda at 11 a.m. Jan. 2 and will be livestreamed on the Montana OPI Facebook page.

“The parent voice is part of the support for the best public education system,” Arntzen said in a public statement. “Education is a generational discussion with parents and grandparents. Join me in actively listening in partnership with legislators and school leaders as this 68th legislative session unfolds.”

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