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Elevated Comment From The Trib Online
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Elevated Comment From The Trib Online

In today’s “The Edge,” the Tribune’s editorial board took issue with Republican Rep. Jeff Essmann’s opposition to a mail-in ballot for Montana’s U.S. House special election. The Tribune raises a legitimate point, one we agree with: Shouldn’t we want the most people, regardless of party, voting? Commenter and occasional contributor to this blog, Rick Tryon,…

The School District Wants Your Input
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The School District Wants Your Input

We received the following message from Aaron Weissman this morning, and are happy to help spread the word. Please take a minute and let the School District know which academic calendar you like best, or, dislike the least: “The school district calendar committee (aka, the “make everyone unhappy” committee) is working on the 2018-2019 calendar and have…

More “Alternative Facts” In The Great Falls Tribune?
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More “Alternative Facts” In The Great Falls Tribune?

Has anyone else noticed a pattern in the Great Falls Tribune’s education beat? Do you recall its blatantly inaccurate coverage a couple weeks ago? In an article about this Tuesday night’s GFPS budget meeting, Trib reporter Sarah Dettmer pointed to rising K-8 enrollment, but less high school students in the district this year: According to the final 2016-2017 school…

Anyone Want To Run For School Board?
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Anyone Want To Run For School Board?

Three School Board seats are up for grabs in this year’s Great Falls school election, set for May 2, 2017. The election will be held by mail. Thus far, according to the Commissioner of Political Practices’ website, incumbents Jan Cahill (Board Chairman) and Don Ryan have filed for re-election. Trustee Jason Brantley is also up…

Fuzzy Math Frames Issue Of GFPS Tech Spending
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Fuzzy Math Frames Issue Of GFPS Tech Spending

Something doesn’t fit. After Monday night’s budget presentation by Great Falls Public Schools, the Great Falls Tribune painted a grim picture of the District’s per-pupil technology spending compared to other AA school districts. Sarah Dettmer for the Tribune reported: According to data collected from fiscal year 2016, Great Falls is spending $21.66 per student for technology. GFPS…

Tribune’s Education Reporter Doubles Down On Arntzen Hit Piece
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Tribune’s Education Reporter Doubles Down On Arntzen Hit Piece

Sarah Dettmer, the Great Falls Tribune’s education reporter, seems to have it out for Elsie Arntzen. Yesterday, Dettmer published a heavily self-referential, self-congratulatory article to explain away some of the blowback from her hit job on the freshly-elected Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Republican Elsie Arntzen. Dettmer writes: Then, Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent Tammy Lacey stood up to…

Showboatin’
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Showboatin’

Showboating. Grandstanding. Those are the only words that readily come to mind to describe Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent Tammy Lacey’s tirade against the recently elected, Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen. According to the Tribune, Lacey “asked the superintendent whether she had plans to publicly fund preschool for the less fortunate children in the state, unlike Arntzen’s own…

Poll: Anyone Up For Another School Levy?
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Poll: Anyone Up For Another School Levy?

It’s a little early, but since the Tribune reported that GFPS is exploring the possibility of another school levy this year, we thought we’d ask: Proponents will point to belt-tightening at the Legislature… This is our opportunity to share where we stand and let them see what we see through our crystal ball, so to speak,”…