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August 4, 2010View for printing

Montana recently made a top-10 list that no state wants to be on. The annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks our state 44th for having one of the highest (worst) rates of teens who are out of school with no high school diploma.

Nine percent of Montana teens fell into this dropout category in 2008, compared with 6 percent nationwide, according to the private, nonprofit foundation that advocates for disadvantaged children. The U.S. Census Bureau data used for the Kids Count report counts passing a General Educational Development (GED) test as graduating.

“Our dropout rate is high, and we need to do something about it,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau told The Gazette State Bureau last week. Juneau has already presented dropout prevention proposals to the 2009 Legislature and earlier this summer discussed dropout prevention plans for 2011 with an interim legislative committee.

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