Privatization Blues: Our Interview with Eric Feaver and Moffie Funk

In our latest interview, we sat down with Montana Federation of Public Employees President Eric Feaver and Montanans Organized for Education Executive Director Moffie Funk to discuss the growing threat that public dollars will be used to fund private education here in Montana.

Feaver and Funk expressed concern that the decision in the  Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue case currently before the United States Supreme Court, combined with growing pressure from groups and politicians opposed to public education across the country could threaten Montana’s policy of quality public education for all.

We also discussed current Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen’s and gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte’s support for public dollars being siphoned off to fund schools could both have discriminatory practices and lack oversight from the Board of Public Education.

Be sure to listen to the interview wherever you get podcasts.

Correction:  The original draft misidentified the Superindent of Public Instruction. We’ve updated the copy to reflect that it is Elsie Arntzen.

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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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