School Funding and Communication, Part Two

Apparently the Billings Gazette disagrees with my assessment of the decision of the Billings School District to hire a professional PR person.

In the editorial today, the Gazette argues:

It’s obvious that Billings Public Schools need to communicate more effectively to raise awareness and build trust within the schools, with parents, grandparents, business people and other voters. Much publicity necessarily follows controversy and public funding issues. Those matters must be scrutinized.

I just don’t see it. I’d make the argument that paying $20,000 of taxpayer money for a PR flack sends exactly the wrong message. From that news, I would conclude that 1) the district has plenty of money, and 2) if the voters give them more, they will misspend it. The business of schools is education–and every dollar taken out of the classroom to pay for frivolous administrative positions is a theft from the taxpayers who support schools and the students who are ‘educated’ in them.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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