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Parental rights advocates come to Arntzen's defense

A letter penned by two school board trustees and signed by 500 citizens praises Superintendent Elsie Arntzen for her stance on parental rights.

A pair of public school board trustees from Missoula and Kalispell emailed a letter to state Superintendent Elsie Arntzen Tuesday refuting recent criticisms of her leadership of the Office of Public Instruction and praising her "steadfast support" for local school boards, parents and teachers.

The letter, penned by Missoula County Public Schools Trustee Michael Gehl and Smith Valley District 89 Trustee Jim Riley, commended Arntzen, a Republican, for aiding parents in "resisting superintendent agendas of forced masking and equity policies" and for bringing parental concerns about critical ra...