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Guest opinion: Take the Summer Six Reading Challenge

“Oh, the places you’ll go!”

July 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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…

April 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Legislators can help prevent dropouts

This week, the Office of Public Instruction released its annual Graduation and Dropout Report. For the fourth year in a row, graduation rates were up and dropout rates were down.

January 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Businesses support key to boosting graduation rates

At the first-ever Graduation Matters Montana Summit, business and community leaders joined school districts from 30 communities to focus on improving student achievement and graduation rates in Montana.

August 18, 2012 12:05 amLoading…
Riverside students learn to serve community

Riverside students learn to serve community

I recently visited Riverside Middle School in Billings, where the school’s theme for the holidays is “everyone is a giver.” Principal Sharon Tietema told me that when her students experience giving to others in their community, it leaves a lasting and powerful impression.

December 24, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Parents can prevent kids' summer reading loss

Going to the public library to check out books was one of my favorite summertime activities. My friends and I rode our bikes to the library, explored the stacks and returned home with several books that would fill hours of our time. Reading opened doors to other worldviews, made me intereste…

July 17, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Why high school graduation matters for all Montanans

I recently received an e-mail from a former student thanking me for believing in her while she was in high school and for giving her hope that she could do something successful in her life. Although she left school before graduating, she received her GED and joined the National Guard. She is…

January 09, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

Montana gets $11.5M for struggling schools

HELENA — Montana will receive an $11.5 million federal grant to help turn around up to seven of the state’s struggling schools, the state’s top education official said Thursday.

July 24, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Carefully choose school trustees

Today, you will elect school board members for your local district and vote on mill levies to support your local school. The vote you cast is vitally important to your community’s future. In a recovering economy, it is especially important to focus on the next generation and make sure our st…

May 04, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: Parental support key to student success in school

A new school year holds the promise of learning that will open so many doors for the children of Montana. Education is still the most important ingredient in ensuring a child's success in life and our state's strength and economic well-being. It is still the great equalizer in our society. E…

August 26, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: Cast your vote for student success

On Tuesday, you will elect school board members for your local district. The vote you cast is vitally important.

May 02, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: Funding boost needed to sustain K-12 education

Last week, nearly 50 people from rural and urban towns across Montana traveled to Helena and told their stories about crumbling school buildings, problems recruiting teachers to their towns, outdated textbooks, lack of classroom supplies, and understaffed classrooms. Yet, our public schools …

February 11, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

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