Hinebauch continues to vote for cuts to schools and teachers

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Dear Editor:

As COVID19 continues to throw our lives into disarray, one thing has become clear to us all: we need our schools. Many of us rely on schools for everything from the obvious; like educating our children, to the essential: like feeding them and providing them with quality after school programs while parents work to support them.

Then, why does our current state senator, Steve Hinebauch, continue to try and cut funding for our schools and teachers? He voted against 2019 HB 211, which made our schools more competitive and attracted teachers from all over.

He voted against 2019 HB 387, which increased support for our local technical programs like welding, plumbing and mechanic’s certifications. He even voted against 2019 HB 638, which ensured that special educations programs in our state were providing a quality education to students according to their needs.

Each one of those bills passed and were signed by Governor Bullock. Of course they did: they were no brainers! But for some reason the current senator decided that keeping our schools up and running wasn’t a priority.

Pat Mischel served on the Dawson County Elementary and Glendive Unified School Board from 1997 to 2000. In that time, he prioritized supporting our schools to keep Eastern Montana competitive with the rest of the country and the world. Pat knows that if we are going to compete in this new economy, where businesses need to be able to outbid China for control of the market, our children need an education that will prepare them to excel in any field they choose.

That’s why I’m voting for Pat Mischel for State Senate District 18 and encourage you to do the same!

Patty Atwell Glendive