Montana Office of Public Instruction

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Office of Public Instruction
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Agency overview
Jurisdiction State of Montana
Headquarters Helena, Montana
Agency executive Denise Juneau, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Website []

The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is the state education agency of Montana. Denise Juneau is the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The agency is headquartered in Helena.[1]

The people of Montana have elected a State Superintendent of Instruction as one of the five members of the Executive Branch since 1889. Montana demonstrates the high value it places on educating our children, by electing a State Superintendent for K-12 public education who is accountable directly to Montana citizens. By law, the State Superintendent has general supervision of the K-12 public schools and districts. The State Superintendent also serves as a member of the Land Board,[2] the State Library Commission,[3] and as an ex officio non-voting member of the Board of Public Education,[4] the Board of Regents[5] for the University System, and the Board of Education.[6]

School data 2008-09[edit]

School Data 2008-2009
Elementary Schools 444
Middle, 7&8, Junior High Schools 214
High Schools 171
Total Schools 829

Advancements under Denise Juneau's leadership[edit]

Since Denise Juneau took office tobacco use among Montana teens declined.[7] Student ACT scores are up from last year.[8] New math scores show Montana fourth and eighth–graders continue to test above the national average,[9] and the number of students who struggle with reading is down.[10]

In 2009, Montana's leadership in key Indian Education policies was recognized.[11] Bozeman middle–school student Marina Dimitrov became America's Top Young Scientist.[12] The National Indian Education Association named Denise Juneau 2009 Educator of the Year,[13] and under Juneau's leadership Montana became one of only seven states receiving grants to increase the number of graduates.[14]

Denise Juneau has worked to make sure that more schools than ever before are able to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to students thanks to grants from Juneau's office.[15] Juneau is also a leading voice for promoting local agriculture[16] and advancing agriculture education in Montana.[17]

Montana Superintendents of Public Instruction[edit]


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  5. ^ "Montana University System | Montana Colleges, Universities and Community Colleges". Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  6. ^ "Montana OPI Media Center". Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  7. ^ "Smoking rate decreases among Montana youth". 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  8. ^ "Montana's students above average in ACT scores". 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  9. ^ "Montana math scores above average". 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  10. ^ "11/10/09 - New Study of Montana Reading First Finds Substantial Progress, Struggling Readers Reduced". 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  11. ^ "10/30/09 - Montana Leads the Region in Key Education Policies". 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  12. ^ "Bozeman girl wins America's top young scientist award - The Bozeman Daily Chronicle: News". The Bozeman Daily Chronicle. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  13. ^ "NIEA names Denise Juneau Indian Educator of the Year". Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  14. ^ "Montana gets grant for grads". 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  15. ^ "Schools get grants to offer fresh fruit, veggies". 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  16. ^ "Ag producers, consumers pushing farm-to-table concept". 2009-11-08. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  17. ^ [4][dead link]
  18. ^ Lawrence Kestenbaum. "Index to Politicians: Miller, G to I". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 

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