The parents of Montana school children must understand the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau regarding her no vote in leasing the Otter Creek coal tracts. The Land Board, of which Juneau is a member, is responsible for overseeing the 5.2 million acres of school trust land to generate revenue for public instruction, as stated in Article 10 Section 5 of the Montana Constitution.
Not only did Juneau vote against the leasing of this enormous public asset, she also voted against reducing the exorbitant bonus bid in hopes of attracting a bidder. No longer shall the public school systems rally cry of underfunding carry the notation of substance. Perhaps this Land Board should visit the schools of Wyoming to see what their natural resources do for “their children.”