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Dear Montana School Leaders,

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For these next four years, it will be my honor to serve our communities, families, and most of all, our next generation of students as Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction. I have determination and a fresh approach to problem solving that has served me well, both as a public school teacher for 23 years and a state legislator for 12 years. My commitment to improving opportunities for students comes from a fourth generation Montana work ethic instilled in me by my parents, who were both longtime public school teachers in Billings.

Putting Montana Students First will be the benchmark from which all decisions will be made in the Office of Public Instruction. Three words in particular will be primary in contributing to our success: communication, collaboration, and cooperation.

During this year's legislative session, you can expect regular updates from my office. I am hosting a bipartisan Education Caucus twice a month at the Capitol on Wednesday mornings at 7am. My staff and I will work diligently to move the Education bills in a timely manner to promote stability for our schools. I am excited to use my relationships that I have nurtured over the past decade with the Legislature to promote a positive dialogue for our students and schools.

Please be patient with me and staff as we move through this transition. My contact email is

I will always be actively listening and my door will be open to you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I will work for you and all of Montana.

Together…we will be Putting Montana Students First!


Elsie Arntzen

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Help the OPI Build a New Web Site!

The OPI has many exciting projects it's working on to Put Montana Students First in 2017. High on the list of projects is the redesign of the OPI website to better serve Montana schools and students. The redesigned website will be mobile and user friendly, and feature fresh colors and improved search capabilities.

It's important to the OPI to have your feedback as we begin this process. The website is aimed at serving Montana students and no one knows better what students need than parents, school staff, and other involved community members. Please take a few minutes and answer a short, four-question survey to help us develop a website that meets school and community needs. Feel free to share this link with your networks - the more feedback we have, the better.