Melissa Romano No-Show at Frenchtown Education Forum

Melissa Romano was a no-show yesterday at a school-centered candidate forum at Frenchtown High School. Here was an event that brought together the community council, school board trustees, and the district’s superintendent to discuss education and the challenges we face.

It’s a wonder why Melissa Romano couldn’t be bothered to attend this event. Or, is it?

Maybe Melissa Romano didn’t want to talk about her enthusiastic support for Common Core and her top-down approach to education …

Or, she wants to keep hidden the fact that she’s benefiting from a six figure check from Washington D.C. special interests and doesn’t want you to know that she’s expected to always do their bidding ..

It’s just as possible that she didn’t want to explain her opposition to local control in our school districts at a local Montana high school …

Either way, it’s clear Melissa Romano didn’t show up at this school-centered candidate forum because she isn’t willing to be honest with Montanans about her beliefs.

Melissa Romano’s not willing to put the needs of Montana students above the needs of the special interests – and that makes her unfit for this office.

Elsie Arntzen will put the needs of Montana students first. That’s why Elsie showed up at Frenchtown High School yesterday and spoke to the importance of education and the need to come together to address our education challenges – with the goal of always putting Montana students first.

Elsie Arntzen will be the fighter and champion our kids, parents, teachers, and schools need. It’s time to elect Elsie Arntzen as our next State Superintendent and give all Montana students the best possible education.

Add Melissa Romano to List of MTDEMS Dodging Debates

Another candidate forum, another Montana Democrat not showing up …

Melissa Romano, the liberal candidate running to be the next State Superintendent, declined an invitation to show up at a candidate forum later today in Seeley Lake.

Yet, another staunch liberal who can’t handle the public scrutiny of their record.

Let’s begin with Romano’s involvement with a national Common Core working group, where she gave full authority to un-elected bureaucrats and special interest groups in Washington D.C. to write our kids’ curriculum and to decide how and what subjects should be taught in our schools.

Romano even goes so far as to describe herself as a ‘huge Common Core advocate.’ [5:55]

She speaks ‘enthusiastically’ about Common Core and its top-down approach – taking away local control to give more control to DC bureaucrats and the special interests.

Romano fundamentally opposes local control in our education system saying she ‘disagreed with the idea that school districts need more local control.’

Her belief system tells her that Washington D.C. bureaucrats and special interest groups know what’s best for our kids – not Montana parents, teachers, and schools.

These D.C. special interests dictating our Montana education standards are spending six figures to prop up Melissa Romano’s “Made-In Washington D.C.” campaign.

To top it all off, she has promised to continue current State Superintendent Denise Juneau’s legacy. Well, given that over half our students are NOT proficient in math and English that’s not a legacy anyone should be proud of.

Melissa Romano can’t put Montana students first when she’s a cheerleader for Common Core, opposes local control, believes a top-down approach is the solution to our education challenges, and is funded by D.C. special interest groups.  

Melissa Romano now joins Monica Lindeen to the list of Montana Democrats who won’t show up to debate their Republican counterparts, and, don’t forget that Governor Bullock decided NOT to participate in gubernatorial debates in Eastern Montana and the Flathead. These Montana Democrats are dodging debates because they don’t want to be held accountable for their failed record and for their refusal to fight for Montanans.

Juneau, Romano Fail Montana Students: Less Than Half Proficient in Math, English

Montana released test scores yesterday for students in third through eighth grade and the results once again highlight Denise Juneau’s failed record as State Superintendent:

  • Only 41 percent of Montana students are proficient in math
  • Fewer than half of our students are proficient in English

This comes after last year’s horrible news that showed test scores declined significantly for fourth and eighth graders in math and reading compared to prior years.

Denise Juneau’s failed record should raise alarm bells, especially since she goes around touting herself as “one of the Common Core’s biggest supporters.”

And now you have Melissa Romano, another staunch Common Core liberal, running to be the next State Superintendent saying she will continue Denise Juneau’s legacy – her words, not ours.

See for yourself, Melissa Romano said: “plan on continuing Denise Juneau’s legacy,” and also declared: “I cannot wait to follow in Denise Juneau’s footsteps.”

For Melissa Romano to want to follow in Denise Juneau’s footsteps – where less than half of our kids are proficient in math and reading – speaks volumes to the utter disaster she would be for our children’s education if she wins in November.

Republican Elsie Arntzen will be a strong advocate for our kids, parents, schools and teachers as our next State Superintendent. She gets it: Montana students come first. Elsie will make sure they get the best possible education – where all Montana kids can read, write and do math.