Category Archives: Schools of Promise

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National Leaders Look To Montana For Education Equity Ideas

Leaders from the Council of Chief State School Officers visited Montana recently to learn about Superintendent Denise Juneau’s Schools of Promise program that aims to raise achievement and expectations in some of the state’s lowest-performing schools, all of which are on Indian reservations. CCSSO is

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“Better Days Ahead In Heart Butte School”

This story was originally published Oct. 6, 2015 in the Great Falls Tribune “It would be easy to dismiss Heart Butte Schools as a failure. The school has been through eight administrators in just a few years, has a dropout rate in the double digits,

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“Schools Of Promise Starts, May End, In Heart Butte”

This story originally aired Oct. 5, 2015 on Montana Public Radio “One of Montana’s lowest achieving schools is in line to receive over a million dollars in aid, starting next year. Heart Butte High School and its 48 enrolled students are the newest recipients of


The ‘Schools Of Promise’ Story

Montana’s most-struggling public schools face unique challenges that can’t easily be compared to most school districts in the country. Children who attend these schools often come from deep, rural poverty. Public assistance services are sparse. And the complex needs of these students and their families