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Girl doing homework using a tablet. Stock photo.
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UPSTART from the Utah-based nonprofit Waterford Institute is a computer program that guides students through academic lessons using digital books, songs and games.

Though UPSTART is meant to be fun, Waterford’s Isaac Troyo says there’s substance behind the cartoon characters and flashy animations.

University of Montana's Main Hall.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

Montana State University and University of Montana students are on average tens of thousands of dollars in debt after four years in school. With that in mind, lawmakers are thinking about making financial education a bigger part of the university's responsibility. But the idea could violate the state constitution.

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The Montana Supreme Court Wednesday struck down a 2015 state law allowing tax credits for donations to private religious schools.

The court’s 5-2 ruling voids the dollar-for-dollar tax credit, up to $150, which passed, largely along party lines, out of the 2015 Montana Legislature.

Montana's 2018 infrastructure report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
American Society of Civil Engineers

There’s been some improvement in Montana’s roads, bridges and other public works projects since 2014, but they’re still generally in mediocre shape. That’s according to a new report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers. It gave Montana a ‘C’ grade Thursday in its latest analysis of public infrastructure here.

Montana School Superintendent Sets Legislative Priorities

Dec 6, 2018

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana's top education official is setting out her legislative priorities, including a proposal to make it illegal for teachers and other school staff to have sex with students, even if the student has reached the legal age of consent.

State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen and 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year Dylan Huisken at Bonner Middle School on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
Montana Office of Public Instruction

A middle school teacher from Bonner has been named the 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year.

Montana’s Public School Superintendent Elsie Arntzen visited Bonner Thursday to announce that social studies teacher Dylan Huisken had been selected to represent Montana in the National Teacher of the Year program next year.

The gap in the graduation rates between Native American students in Montana and White students continues to shrink, dropping 4 percent since 2012. Data released Wednesday show there was a significant uptick in the Native American graduation rate in Montana last year.

Rep. Greg Gianforte meets with Montana tech-industry reps in Missoula, August 20, 2018.
Edward O'Brien

High tech executives in Missoula told Congressman Greg Gianforte that finding qualified labor, and the cost of health coverage are among their biggest challenges.

Gianforte invited a handful of representatives from Montana’s growing high-tech industry to meet with him Monday.

'Everyday Native'

Aug 8, 2018
Joe Parizeau Getting Ready with Grandmother Rose,  Montana, 2008 by Sue Reynolds for Everyday Native
Sue Reynolds - Everyday Native

Everyday Native is the first collaborative teacher’s resource created by non-Natives and Native Americans with a focus on the daily lives of Native youth.  It aims to fuel a teacher-led movement that promotes healing racism through education.

Counselor Tara Penny helps Sarah Still Smoking identify aquatic life at day two of Native Tech Camp in Ronan on June 12, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

On the bank of Spring Creek in Ronan, a half-dozen teenagers eye the water dubiously as camp counselors fit them with hip-high waders.

This is Native Tech Camp, which gives young tribal members a week of exposure to fields of work they might not otherwise see on the reservation. The free week-long camp is open to all middle and high school students from any tribe. It’s taught by professors at Salish Kootenai College and experts in coding, game design, cyber security, data analytics and other occupations that use technology in unexpected ways.

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