Superintendent Juneau convenes statewide Student Advisory Board
Monday, November 8, 2010
By Faith Moldan
Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau will convene the state’s first-ever State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board this Friday, November 12, 2010, in Helena at Carroll College. The board consists of 40 high school students from 31 Montana schools that represent 142,082 Montana K-12 students.
The board’s first charge is to advise Superintendent Juneau on Graduation Matters Montana, an initiative of the Office of Public Instruction to increase the number of Montana students who graduate from high school through collaborative partnerships with schools, community organizations, businesses, and youth. The summit is partly underwritten by business sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, Exploration Works, Big Sky Printwear and Carroll College.
“Montana’s students will provide a much needed perspective on state policy, such as Graduation Matters Montana, and will help to guide the K-12 public education system into the future,” Juneau said.
Student Advisory Board members were first nominated by local school and community members, and also had to apply for selection to the board. The board members, in grades 9 – 12, are travelling from rural communities such as Wibaux and Poplar and from larger communities such as Billings and Missoula.
“We are all well aware of the serious consequences of young people not receiving a high school diploma,” Juneau said. “I believe students are the most important voice in helping us to best address this issue, and the Student Summit will begin an overdue conversation about what is working and what needs to improve.”
OBJECTIVES OF GRADUATION MATTERS MONTANA
1. Increase the rate of Montana students graduating from high school ready for college and the 21st century workforce.
2. Establish a support network between schools, businesses, and community organizations for student success.
3. Create school-based and community-based opportunities to inspire students to stay in school and graduate.