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Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, stopped in Bozeman Tuesday to discuss improving graduation rates.

The summit brought together more than 150 school, business and community leaders and included "GRAD Talks".  The GRAD Talks are similar to TED Talks, inspirational speeches from movers and shakers.  Juneau says that since the launch of Graduation Matters in Montana in 2010, the number of students completing high school jumped more than 3.5% percent.

“The hard work that these communities are doing is really paying off because we have seen a decrease in dropout rates and an increase in graduation rates and it’s all due to the work that is going on a local level.”

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation helped the program get off the ground with a $450,000 donation.  And as of now the program is in 33 different communities.

Story by NBC Montana, Missoula, Montana
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