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The parents of Montana schoolchildren must understand the position of our Superintendent of Public Instruction, Denise Juneau, regarding her “no” votes in leasing the Otter Creek coal tracts.

The Land Board, of which Denise Juneau is a member, is responsible for overseeing the 5.2 million acres of school trust land as stated in Article 10, Section 5 of the Montana Constitution. Not only was Juneau the only dissenting vote to initially lease this enormous public asset, she has voted “no” in accepting the current and only bid.

No longer shall the Montana public school system’s rallying cry of underfunding carry the notation of substance. Perhaps Juneau should visit the schools of Wyoming to see what their natural resources do for their children.

Bill Iverson,

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