Office of the Superintendent


Juneau Announces 22 Schools Receive Graduation Matters Grants

Friday, March 30, 2012, 2:41 pm

Superintendent Denise Juneau announced the award of 21 grants to 22 Montana schools to increase the number of Montana students who graduate from high school prepared for college and careers, for a total of $150,000 to support local Graduation Matters initiatives across the state. The Office of Public Instruction was awarded $450,000 over three years from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to support community-based Graduation Matters initiatives. To see a full list of GMM Challenge Fund communities please visit; http://gmm.mt.gov/index.php?pg=8

Superintendent Juneau stated, "We continue to make gains on the graduation rate statewide, but we still have room for improvement." She continued, "Schools are setting high goals to improve their graduation rates and engage their entire communities in supporting student success. If these communities are successful in reaching their goals, we will be able to cut the statewide dropout rate in half by 2014."

Schools do not need to receive a Graduation Matters grant to launch a local initiative. Please contact Thea Whalen at 444-5643 or email graduationmatters@mt.gov for more information on how to launch a local Graduation Matters initiative.

For more information, contact Thea Whalen, 406-444-5643