A candidate in the running for Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has left multiple school districts around the country under mysterious and contentious circumstances and was essentially forced out at a small rural district in Montana after what many say was a botched implementation of a program that allowed kids to learn at their own pace.
Sharyl Allen was the deputy superintendent at Montana’s Office of Public Instruction from 2020 until August of this year. She was Superintendent Elsie Arntzen’s longest-lasting deputy, but she is no longer in that position. Her departure from the Office of Public Instruction was first reported last week by the Daily Montanan.
Allen did not return an email requesting comment for this story.
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Sharyl Allen, then the deputy superintendent at Montana’s Office of Public Instruction, speaks during an interim committee meeting in 2021.
Allen has filed to run as a Republican for Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction in 2024.
Allen was the superintendent of the Conrad Public School district, an hour north