Graduation Matters Montana is now accepting applications for the 2016 Challenge Fund. Submissions must be completed by March 4. It will provide more than $190,000 in competitive grants statewide.

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There will soon be more job openings in Montana than qualified workers to fill those positions. State government and educational leaders briefed Missoula’s business community on Tuesday about the impending problem.

Montana High School Graduation Rate Rises

Jan 13, 2016
Eric Whitney

Montana’s high school graduation rate has never been higher. Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced today at Missoula’s Sentinel High School that 86 percent of students graduated in 2015. That’s a jump of nearly 6 percent since 2009.

research found the biggest reasons for teacher turnover isn’t retirement, changing careers or moving for family reasons. Teachers were just unhappy with their jobs.

Today, an interim legislative committee looked into why schools have such a hard time finding and retaining qualified teachers.

University of Pennsylvania researcher Richard Ingersoll told state lawmakers that the problem isn’t a shortage of teachers, as much as it is teacher turnover. And keeping those teachers from leaving the profession.

Anton Gabrielson, a student at Missoula College hopes to trade in his hiking boots for a stint as a long-haul truck driver.

"Coming from a background as a wilderness ranger I’m attracted to the nomadic aspect of being a long-haul truck driver. I think I’m well-suited for that lifestyle, at least for a few years.”

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.

Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Thane says he’s “extremely grateful” for Tuesday’s 11th-hour victory of a $70 million high school bond issue. Local voters passed it as well as an $88 million dollar elementary bond. The levies will pay for local school maintenance, renovations, remodeling and technology and security updates.

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Montana's economic success in the future hinges on the ability to adapt, collaborate and communicate.

That applies to workers, the companies that employ them and the schools that prepare workers to meet Montana's future workforce demands.

10/04/2015 - An American Radioworks Documentary - In the 1940s a British headmaster named Kurt Hahn set up a wilderness school called Outward Bound to teach young men the skills they needed to survive World War II — skills like leadership, persistence, and working together. Hahn believed these were skills conventional schools should focus on too. Fifty years later, Hahn’s ideas about education inspired the founding of a network of public schools in the United States.

09/27/2015 - An American Radioworks education documentary - The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944.