If a child in Billings can read by the end of third grade, he or she will most likely graduate from high school, community leaders with Graduation Matters Billings said Tuesday, as they launched a long-range campaign to reduce dropouts.
Over the next several weeks, Billings residents will hear a lot about their K-8 public schools. They should know that the high schools also are getting community attention.
For 15 years, Billings middle school students where able to spend an hour after school, up to four days a week, getting help with homework. The programs were free and open to all students at the four middle schools, and teachers were paid to do the extra tutoring.
Spurred by work at other AA school districts and the urging of Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, Billings Public Schools has begun considering how a community dropout prevention effort could work here.
KALISPELL — Hoping to help craft more effective drunken driving laws, a statewide coalition has embarked on a yearlong effort to track as many 2010 Montana DUI cases as possible, from arrest to conviction through sentencing.