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Montana’s outgoing Democratic School Superintendent, Denise Juneau describes the Every Student Succeeds Act as a more refined version of No Child Left Behind.
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The federal government this week released its final rules to help states improve their schools and narrow achievement gaps. In November, Montana released its first draft plan explaining how it will comply with those rules.

That means all the pieces are in place to succeed the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act, right? Not exactly:

The federal government released rules today designed to help states improve schools and narrow achievement gaps. The ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’ provides states a broad framework to support troubled public schools and struggling students.

The first draft of Montana’s plan to comply with the new federal law was released earlier this month.

A troubled federal program that manages nearly 200 schools for Native American students nationwide now has a new leader. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell named Tony Dearman to take the helm at the Bureau of Indian Education (B.I.E.). 

Almost 200 people gathered at the Outlaw Convention Center in Kalispell on Thursday night to talk about Islam, public school curriculum, and American values.

The event was put on by the Flathead Chapter of ACT! For America, a national nonprofit whose website boasts more than 1,000 chapters across the country. On their business cards, the ACT! slogan reads: “Rising in defense of our security, our liberty, and our values.”

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte toured ExplorationWorks! science center in Helena September 02, 2016.
Corin Cates-Carney

The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor focused on education today in campaign stops in Helena.

State lawmakers are working on bills to allow funding for K through 12 special education programs to keep up with inflation. One said the funding was "overlooked" last session.

Blackfeet teacher education
Aaron Jacob/Slate / Slate

The Blackfeet Tribe is working to expand teacher education on the reservation. It will soon offer a full four-year degree program that will allow local residents to become fully qualified teachers without leaving the reservation. A goal is to increase the number of Native American teachers teaching Native students.

   A new pilot program will allow high school students in Billings to earn credits toward high school graduation and for college for free.

The project is called High School Connections. It was spearheaded by Montana State University Billings.

Greg Gianforte and Elsie Arntzen proposed policy changes in Kalispell to grow computer science education in the state, May 17, 2016.
Eric Whitney

Today, Montana's Republican candidates for governor and superintendent of public schools called for policy changes to grow computer science education in the state.

What does it mean to speak a language? Fundamentally, it means you can communicate with another person.  Yet when the language is that of your Indian ancestors who go back to the mists of time it means that you carry that unique tradition.

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