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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.

C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena.
Dan Boyce

There’s a potential problem with how Montana determines which schools will get special assistance under the replacement for the federal No Child Left Behind law. It’s with how schools handle basic student attendance records.

Leaders of Montana’s K-12 public schools system will update state lawmakers Thursday morning about progress on rolling out the replacement for the federal No Child Left Behind Act following cuts to education funding last year.

The Office of Public Instruction plans to brief lawmakers on the schools identified this spring as the lowest performing five percent in the state.

Grizzly statue and Main Hall on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

The University of Montana announced today it has received a $1 million donation that the school says will jumpstart its burgeoning health education program.

UM launched its Health and Medicine initiative - called UMHM - in 2016. The program is designed to attract faculty, staff and students to work and study in the health professions.

Young people who’ve experienced homelessness in Montana feel like they often fall through the cracks of programs designed to help kids fleeing abusive homes or needing a place to stay. Stock photo.
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During the last 12 months, almost 10 percent of Montana high school students attempted suicide one or more times. That’s according to a biannual youth risk behavior survey.

State lawmakers this year responded by requiring Montana’s 409 public school districts to draw up suicide prevention and response plans. A committee that met for the first time Wednesday will – as now mandated by law – develop a policy to ensure those districts follow through.

Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s Office of Public Instruction is unsure if its new draft plan to raise student achievement will comply with federal law.

State education leaders are required to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education in September, as part of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, which is the federal replacement for No Child Left Behind. 

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Montana’s K-through-12 schools could face millions of dollars in cuts next month if state revenues don’t improve. The state Office of Public Instruction warned education groups and teachers’ unions about the possible hit to the agency’s budget during a meeting Thursday afternoon.

Montana Lawmakers Consider Suicide Prevention Grants

Jan 24, 2017

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would award grants through the Office of Public Instruction to develop a district-wide system of support to prevent students from suicide.

House Bill 265 would require schools that receive the grant adopt and implement a suicide prevention plan outlined in the bill. 

The latest returns show Republican Elsie Arntzen leading Democrat Melissa Romano in the race for state school superintendent as of early this morning.

First Montana Common Core Test Results Are In

Dec 21, 2015
Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau visited Heart Butte last week to kick off the Schools of Promise program. She talked with students, parents and school staff about what the million dollar grant means for the school.
Corin Cates-Carney

The results are in for Montana’s new Common Core education assessment, Smarter Balanced.

In the schools that were tested, 38 percent of students scored proficient in math and 45 percent scored proficient in English.

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