Education

A yellow school bus.
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A new report says that indigenous students are disproportionately disciplined in Montana public schools.  Study authors say more support instead of discipline could lead to higher academic achievement rates.

The University of Montana has exceeded the $400 million goal of the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history. The seven-year initiative known as "Campaign Montana – Think Big. Be Bold" quietly launched over six years ago. By the time the campaign publicly launched a year ago, donors had already pledged $325 million.

The results of Montana’s statewide college-readiness test for high school juniors were released Friday. The overall test scores are identical to the previous year but down over the last four years.

Montana gives the ACT test to nearly all juniors as part of its federal accountability requirements.

A woman in a red sweater and dress stands holding a book in front a classroom of second grade students.
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This summer Montana received over $2 million dollars in federal grant money to train more teachers in the state in the PAX Good Behavior Game. Currently some 11-hundred teachers have been trained in this strategy to help elementary students learn skills that can help them intellectually and emotionally throughout their lives.

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On the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Busby has water again after losing it Tuesday afternoon.

Kids playing in a preschool classroom
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Montana is one of a handful of states that doesn’t publicly fund preschool. The last legislative session rejected two bills that tried to change this, shortly before the state’s preschool pilot project ended.

The University of Montana’s president says UM continues to make steady, consistent progress in addressing its challenges.

When Seth Bodnar was hired to lead the University of Montana a year and a half ago, the school’s enrollment was declining, its budget deficit rising and overall morale in the tank.

Representatives from Big Sky School District, Habitat for Humanity and the community dig into the future site of affordable housing for Big Sky teachers, July 12, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Public schools in Big Sky are losing teachers because their salaries can’t keep up with the median sale price for a single-family house, which currently sits at $1 million. A new partnership to bring affordable, on-site housing to the school district is trying to change that.

A PowerPoint slide shows how responders in the 2019 News Media Preferences and Issues survey ranked the issues they care about the most.
Courtesy of the Greater Montana Foundation and the UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

A new survey released Thursday shows Montanans value and trust local news sources, and the most important issues for rural and urban residents are pretty similar, including jobs and the state’s economy.

Three Children Work Togther On A Laptop
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The 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book was released Monday, and Montana and Wyoming had strong showings on the well-being of their children. But the two still fell well short in one important category-health.

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