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New schools chief Elsie Arntzen may end privately funded Graduation Matters program that boosted graduation rates throughout Montana just as Montana's Graduation Rate Reaches Record High

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January 15, 2017View for printing

Since its launch in 2009, Graduation Matters Montana has taken root in 58 communities and helped drive the state's graduation rate to historically high levels over the last three years.

But it's not clear yet whether the state's new superintendent, Elsie Arntzen (you can email her at , will offer her support to the program, which gets most of its funding from the private sector.

In an interview Friday, Arntzen said no decision had been made on whether the program, created by her predecessor Denise Juneau, will continue in its current form.


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Montana's Graduation Rate Reaches Record High

More Montana students are graduating from high school than ever before. That translates into a stronger economy, higher wages, and more opportunities for Montana's young people.

The 2015 Graduation and Dropout Report shows Montana's graduation rate reached another historic high in 2014-2015, 86 percent, breaking the previous record of 85.4 percent.

I'm proud to say the community-building work of Graduation Matters Montana is making a difference. Now, 53 Montana communities place an emphasis on the importance of graduating from high school and it's clear that students across this state understand that a diploma is their key to a successful future.

Reader Comments:

Why on God's green earth would anyone want to cut off a highly successful privately funded but govt. operated program that has shown nothing but success?

The commitment from the Washington Corp and other supporters has been outstanding.

Why add additional costs to fund a different program when this one is working so well?

I think this is a job for Indivisible!

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