The Paid Right Wing Noise Machine Defends Sarah Laszloffy’s Plan to Privatize Education

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That was quick. In the wake of an embarrasing profile of House Education chair Sarah Laszloffy, in which she falsely claimed that education makes up 60% of the state budget (not the 15% it actually does), one of the state’s corporate-funded faux media organizations ran a defense of her  suggesting that those criticizing Laszloffy’s choice were nothing more than union thugs who hate Christianity.

Personally, other than some hard feelings about tense moments in the Billing Central gym as a fan from Laurel High School when I was young, I have absolutely no problem with the idea of private schools—as long as those schools are funded privately, as they should be, and as Montana’s Constitution demands.  I recognize that not every student is best served by the local school in her community, and that’s why Montana has already developed alternatives, ranging from alternative high schools to a fully digital academy that provides all sorts of opportunities for students at an incredibly low cost to the state. And Montana’s larger cities have already shown they can sustain a small network of private schools for parents and students who choose that option.

And I’m quite certain that the MEA-MFT’s opposition is not rooted in opposition to the Christian faith. That’s an absurd canard, meant to distract from the fact that the MEA-MFT (and, I suspect, most Montanans) absolutely don’t want to see their public schools see reduced funding to pay for religious instruction, instruction that would necessarily have to cover any religious instruction, no matter how violent or dangerous just as it would Billings Central or the Petra Academy in Bozeman. Once religious instruction is priviledged with these kinds of tax credits, the Constitution certainly won’t permit discrimination—and I look forward to Ms. Laszloffy explaining to her constituents why tax dollars went to the School of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. And I don’t look forward to a time when someone who can’t tell the difference between 60% and 15% can teach Math at Laszloffy High School in Laurel using tax dollars.

The real issue, of course, is that Laszloffy is eminently unqualified to serve as the chair of the House Education Committee—and the people who appointed her to that seat certainly must know that. Her age doesn’t disqualify her from leading the Committee, but her lack of experience and knowledge almost certainly do—and it’’s troubling to see the House Leadership appoint someone to this position to advance an agenda that will be detrimental to Montana schools.

What these so-called advocates of “school choice” refuse to acknowledge, other than basic math, is that Montana schools are doing an excellent job, despite Republican efforts to reduce funding and prevent access to early-child education, which is critical. Schemes like privatization and tax transfers won’t improve educational outcomes at all, but offer nothing more than a chance for some adults to get rich and score political points at the expense of children.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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Ah come ON, inbred Pubes! Do you REALLY have to import sh*t from texASS to defend you morons? The inbred idiot who wrote the defense of Sarah Laffloopy is from…..wait for it……wait for it….. TEXass! I mean, the Pube party is really freakin’ pathetic! They have to IMPORT all these inbred christofundiwackmentalist wackos to Montana to have a friggin’ platform to run on! I mean, this phil rolen dude, SUCKED off Unca Sugartit his entire life in the……wait for it….wait for it…. MILITARY! And now, as a result of his suckling offn’ the gummint tit, he’s moved ON to suck… Read more »

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Crude but oh so true.

http://www.fuckthesouth.com/

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The Assman Weepeth! Jabba the Assman can NOT be pleased! His royal corpulence does NOT take lightly to his underlings underLINGing his royal lardassiness! His holy abdominence was counting his tea leaves bee FORE they were drunk! And now, just look what’s happened to his inbred caucus! Too funny.

http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/mike-dennison-gop-split-alive-well-and-influential-at-legislature/article_5f4dadd9-dfc9-5445-b872-c6a9bc24774d.html

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How many of these inbreds are actually FROM Montana? None I would say.

http://mtstreetfighter.com/gop-leadership-stacks-committees-to-shut-out-moderates/

Why are we allowing these christofundiwackmentalist morons to destroy our state? THAT is the question! I mean, really kris hanscum? We can do better with REAL Montana people, NOT inbred transplants from god knows where!

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When will ms. Laffloopy get GUNS in the schools for us? Doesn’t she get it? Cracker Jesus WANTS us to protect the chillum from evil liebruls, atheists, and evilutionists! Fire power from a higher power is the only way to create a secure larnin’ environment for the kiddies! I’m sure that they had plenty of guns at the Bethel Buybull Skuul of Holy Moly Secret Stuff where she attended! Now, if she REALLY wanted to silence all her detractors, maybe she could grab the local obits and BRING one of them unfortunate dead suckers back to life! Her position as… Read more »

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Want some insight to ms. laffloopy and the entire loopy laffloopy klan of kristeeweirdos? Well, this might help. Scary, scary folks! Because of her upbringing, it’s only natural that she is NO WHERE close to reality! Reality has no meaning for the laffloopy klan. And mr. giantfart wants to bring laffloopy edyukayshun to ALL our kids! Heck, why not?! A creation museum in every town! Guess that mr. giantfart MISSED the entire Scopes Monkey Trial! But hey, the sequel, the Laffloopy Monkey Trial will be so much more fun! Mr. giantfart can play Wm. Jennings Bryant! http://www.salon.com/2014/11/01/the_sad_twisted_truth_about_conservative_christianitys_effect_on_the_mind_partner/

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