Jun 18, 2013 6:22 PM by Keele Smith
BOZEMAN - More than 100 school, community and business leaders came together today for the Graduation Matters Summit.
Speakers from Hardin, Anaconda, Browning, Great Falls and Miles City gathered at the Montana State University campus to talk about the impacts of the Graduation Matters in their local schools.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau developed the Graduation Matters program to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates in high schools across Montana.
Thirty three cities and towns have signed on to be Graduation Matters communities, which means 70 percent of students now attend a school with a Graduation Matters program.
Juneau says she's proud of the progress in our public schools.
"Five hundred eighty two fewer students dropped out in 2012 than they did in 2009, and those are numbers that are worth celebrating," Juneau said.
Since Juneau took office in 2009, the high school graduation rate in Montana has increased from 80 percent to almost 84 percent in 2012.