Democrat Denise Juneau announced her re-election campaign for Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction yesterday at the state capitol in Helena.  During her first term in office, Juneau launched “Graduation Matters Montana,” a statewide initiative to improve graduation rates modeled after “Graduation Matters Missoula”.


Local Graduation Matters initiatives have already launched in Billings, Belgrade, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Hamilton, Helena, Kalispell and Townsend as well as its original location, Missoula. This fall, more than half of Montana high school students have a Graduation Matters initiative in their town. Superintendent Juneau, in partnership with local school districts and the Student Advisory Board, is launching an "I Pledge to Graduate" campaign. Students pledge to a significant adult that they will graduate and identify specific reasons why graduation is important to them. The campaign focuses statewide attention on Graduation Matters Montana, engages community and business partners, involves social networking and highlights student voices and ideas.

The Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction oversees K-12 public education in the state. The superintendent is also a member of the state land board, the library commission, and is a non-voting member of several other education boards.