Montana Conservation Voters (MCV)
"Montana Conservation Voters is excited to support Melissa Romano in her race to be Montana’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is a champion of our public lands, our clean air, our clean water, and our outdoor recreation economy. Melissa will serve all Montanans well as a statewide leader and be a strong voice for conservation on the Land Board. Current superintendent Elsie Arntzen is failing to expand access to public lands and Montanans deserve better."
Montana Federation of Public Employees
“Most Montanans are like Melissa Romano. They feel an intense commitment to our kids’ futures and their public schools. Unfortunately, our current Superintendent of Schools doesn’t seem to share those values. When an extremist Montana legislator introduced legislation that would have denied the right of every child to receive a quality education, Elsie Arntzen didn’t even show up for the hearing. When attempts were made to privatize the responsibilities of the Montana Board of Public Education, Arntzen was missing in action. When school privatization advocates stood on the steps of our capital during the last legislative session, Arntzen stood with them and made it clear that she supports public dollars going to private for-profit schools with little to no oversight. The list goes on and on, including failures on youth mental health, lead testing, public pre-k, and firearms in the classrooms.
On the other hand, we have Melissa Romano who is an award-winning teacher and leader. She represents Montana values and has proven that she will work every day for every student and defend our state’s commitment to public education. The choice couldn’t be more clear.
Since 2017, Montanans have seen the job our current Superintendent of Schools is doing and we have been left wanting. Parents, educators, and, most importantly, our kids are ready for a Superintendent who will take the job seriously and be a tireless advocate for public education. Without question, Romano is that person.”
Montana Sportsmen Alliance
"The Montana Sportsmen Alliance is proud to endorse Melissa Romano for Montana Superintendent Of Public Instruction. We have known Melissa for some time and have endorsed her before. She shares our values. She knows and understands the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, the Montana Model, and the Public Trust Doctrine. She understands the importance of her position on the Land Board and shares our desire for more public access. Both fee title and Conservation Easements are part of that process and deserve the attention of board members without playing politics!
We encourage your vote for Melissa Romano. She is a great educator and sportsmen friendly!"
The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (BMWED-IBT)
"BMWED-IBT goes on record as endorsing Melissa Romano as the Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Montana.
Melissa is precisely the person Montana needs to head the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Melissa is an active and strong leader in the education field who firmly believes all children should the opportunity to prepare themselves for a better future. Melissa’s work and dedication speak for itself; she was named Montana’s Teacher of the Year in 2018 and received a Nation Science Foundation award for mathematics education in 2012.
Melissa is a union member who has been involved in her local and State union organizations for more than 10 years and certainly understands how crucial it is to protect workers’ rights and; of course, stands with labor and will help protect the right for workers to be able to organize and collectively bargain for safe and better jobs.
The BMWED-IBT membership in Montana will significantly benefit from having a friend of labor in this position, as she truly understands the plight of the American worker and the families they support. Montanan’s need to elect Melissa so she can begin working for them, ensuring all students have a strong advocate at the Office of Public Instruction.
Without a doubt, Melissa is the right person for the job. With proud enthusiasm, the BMWED-IBT supports Melissa Romano as the Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Montana."