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Gazette opinion: Billings schools take a stand against bullying

One year ago, Billings Public Schools adopted a new, comprehensive policy against harassment, intimidation and bullying. The district had an anti-bullying policy before that, but the six-page document trustees approved in October 2013 spelled out a clearer, more consistent policy that all sc…

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New Common Core tests to cost $27 per student

The new battery of Common Core-aligned tests for Montana students will cost the state about $2 million, or $27 per student, according to the Office of Public Instruction.

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Montana gets $12.25M in school grants

HELENA — The Office of Public Instruction has received two grants totaling $12.25 million to improve school climate and safety and support the mental health of Montana students.

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State receives $1.95 million for Mental Health First Aid training

State receives $1.95 million for Mental Health First Aid training

The state Office of Public Instruction has received $1.9 million for Mental Health First Aid training, a program designed to increase community awareness and public safety.

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Gazette opinion: How will Montana replace retiring workers?

Montana has much to celebrate on Labor Day 2014. The state's jobless rate is 4.6 percent, enviably low as many other states struggle to regain their pre-recession employment levels. Billings and Eastern Montana regions are basically at full employment.

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Gazette opinion: College readiness gap reveals core problems

Gazette opinion: College readiness gap reveals core problems

Scores from Montana’s first year of ACT testing for all public high school graduates show plenty of room for improvement. Yet Montana’s overall scores are about average for states that test all their grads.

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'Learning is actually happening': 4 years later, Schools of Promise see gains

'Learning is actually happening': 4 years later, Schools of Promise see gains

PRYOR — On a recent weekday, Plenty Coups High School freshman Dani Buffalo sat at his laptop working on an algebra problem in his Integrated Math I class.

May 18, 2014 12:30 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Funding reform pencils out for region’s schools

Montana’s new public school law didn’t make our funding system less complex, but made it more adequate and fair this year.

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Student data collection no big deal, schools say

HELENA – At Anaconda High School, students with a smart phone or computer can tap into the school’s data system to check their attendance, assignments and grades – and often do.

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Gazette opinion: School law change helps growing districts

Montana school districts with growing enrollment will receive money to educate new students the same year they enroll, thanks to a new state law.

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Enrollment inches up and so does state funding for SD2

Enrollment inches up and so does state funding for SD2

The elementary portion of School District 2 grew by 126 students this fall, but enrollment in the high schools fell, bringing SD2's net enrollment growth to 58 students. 

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Guest opinion: Billings, let’s build our future together

The foundation of a great community and prosperous economy is a strong public school system. More than two years ago, Billings Public Schools began the first comprehensive analysis of our district’s educational and facility adequacy. We clearly determined that our school district is in crisi…

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SD2 enrollment shows slight growth over last year

SD2 enrollment shows slight growth over last year

School District 2 released preliminary enrollment figures on Tuesday, showing a slight increase over last year.

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SD2 enrollment numbers will have to wait

It will be several more weeks before School District 2 releases its fall enrollment numbers.

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Gazette opinion: Stand against bullying, for student safety

Billings Public Schools trustees are poised to take a strong stand against bullying.

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SD2 misses mark with NCLB compliance

More Billings students needed to score a little better this year on math and reading as No Child Left Behind requirements inched up again this spring.

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State misses NCLB goals; OPI chief cites broken system

State misses NCLB goals; OPI chief cites broken system

HELENA — Montana students have fallen short of this year's benchmarks set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

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OPI gets $1.8 million for students on reservations

OPI gets $1.8 million for students on reservations

HELENA — The state Office of Public Instruction has received a grant for more than $1.8 million in federal funds over the next four years to support the well-being of children in public schools on Indian reservations in Montana, state Superintendent Denise Juneau said Thursday.

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Montana settles religious preschool complaint

HELENA — Montana school officials are settling a lawsuit over a decision to cut off tuition assistance to a disabled 4-year-old Columbus girl enrolled in a Christian preschool, and reversing the original decision saying the funds couldn't be used for religious instruction.

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Guest opinion: ACT for all will guide students toward careers

In recent years, 60 percent of Montana's graduating seniors took the ACT. The ACT measures the skills and knowledge in English, math, reading, and science that students have learned in school and need to know in order to be ready for first-year college courses. On Tuesday, every public schoo…

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