Rick Hill is emphasizing his plan to spend your tax dollars to subsidize private schools as part of his campaign for governor.
Here’s a look at the kind of school you would be paying for if Rick Hill were elected.
Stillwater Christian School is the only private K-12 school in the Flathead valley. The school says it is ”thoroughly committed to the Word of God, upholding Christian principles and ideals.” But a visit to the schools website shows a commitment to academic standards is somewhat lacking.
It’s not surprising that the school is not accredited by the Montana Board of Education. The school instructs students to use a site called “Conservapedia” for research. Stillwater recommends a Conservapedia article on Ernest Hemingway that tells us that the most important facts about Hemingway are that he was an alcoholic who was investigated for suspicion of communist activities by J. Edgar Hoover before committing suicide.
The site is full of doozies. Conservapedia also explains that Einstein’s theory of relativity is:
“a mathematical system that allows no exceptions. It is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world.”
Local Tea Partiers are well-connected to Stillwater Christian. Billionaire Ray Thompson, a who bankrolls the national TEA Party movement, is on the board of the private school. As Mother Jones reported:
“Thompson is also active in Montana politics, where he has supported one of the tea party’s most radical candidates, Derek Skees, who’s running for a seat in the Montana house. Skees, who showed up at a Memorial Day parade this summer wearing a jacket emblazoned with a Confederate flag, and has been connected to anti-Semitic and militia activity, is a tea party purist. He has advocated nullifying federal health care laws, refusing federal stimulus money, and shutting down many of the state’s school districts and giving kids vouchers to help cut the budget by letting the private sector fill the gap.”
There are other connections. A relative of TEA Party GOP legislator Mark Blasdel works at the school. And when the school decided to auction off a semi-automatic assault rifle as a school fundraiser, they turned to the NEMO rifle plant. Family members of Rick Hill’s running mate Jon Sonju are NEMO company executives.
Tickets for the assault rifle are $25 each or 5 for $100. If you don’t get a chance to bid on the assault rifle, you can also attend the schools “Stillwater Shootout” fundraising event.
For some reason, the “Stillwater Shootout” is not being held on the school’s campus. We know the TEA Party are big fans of guns in schools. So much so that local TEA Party legislators Jerry O’Neil and Derek Skees sponsored a bill last session to allow guns in public schools. It was one of the infamous “nutjob bills” of the 2011 session.
This private school also gets involved in elections. School leaders sent out an email before the primary urging votes against non-TEA Party candidates, so watch for them to send out something on behalf of Hill soon.
If you want your tax dollars to be spent on bringing up the next generation of uninformed TEA Partiers, Rick Hill is your man.