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Very, very, very bad bill we need to defeat!

Members:

Just a few minutes ago, the MT House of Representatives passed HB 562 to establish and fund private charter schools in Montana on a 63-37 vote

Please CALL OR TEXT the targets listed below and urge them to switch their vote to NO on HB 562 on 3rd reading. Please send these texts/make these calls BEFORE 8 AM Friday morning.

This bill:

  • exempts charter school teachers from all MT licensure standards (requires no license to teach)

  • grows government by creating a school choice commission

  • does not allow all taxpayers to vote in governing board elections--only parents and employees

  • does not allow employees of charter schools to be in TRS or PERS

  • allows public tax dollars to go to private, unaccountable, and virtual corporations

  • defunds our public schools by siphoning tax dollars to a separate, parallel system of PRIVATE schools

  • allows private charter schools to opt out of accountability if it's too expensive

  • places the governance of charter schools into private hands

Contact info and instructions are included below. Thank you for working to protect Montana's students and public education system!

In solidarity,

Amanda

There are SEVERAL ways to contact the HOUSE.

  1. Call the Capitol switchboard at 406-444-4800 and leave a message for up to ten members at a time.

  2. Call or text the Representatives listed below.

Say "Hi, I'm xxx and I am calling to ask you to change your vote on HB562 to a NO on 3rd reading. (give a reason if you'd like)."

PLEASE CALL OR TEXT THESE REPS. THEY WILL NOT SEE AN EMAIL IN TIME!

BradBarker(R) 406-426-1034

DavidBedey(R) (406) 381-2059

MartaBertoglio(R) (406) 438-1772

LarryBrewster(R) (406) 670-0929

TonyBrockman(R) 406-219-7121

EdButtrey(R)(406) 452-6460

JulieDooling(R)(406) 471-4125

MikeHopkins(R) (406) 531-1775

LlewJones(R)(406) 271-3104

GregKmetz(R) (406) 853-1636

DenleyLoge(R) (406) 649-2369

GeorgeNikolakakos(R) 406-823-0363

GaryParry(R) 406-749-0545

WayneRusk(R) 406-370-8486

KennethWalsh(R) (406) 596-0418

JonathanWindy Boy(D)(406) 945-1805

MikeYakawich(R) 406-647-6391

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