MONTANA – After securing the first-ever state investment in publicly funded preschool, Governor Steve Bullock today announced the STARS Preschool grantees and highlighted the importance of this investment for Montana families during an event at the Head Start in Billings.

“More Montana kids will now have even greater opportunities growing up here than the generations before them,” said Governor Bullock. “This investment helps our families, it helps our kids get off to a bright start, and it helps our economy. We’re finally making this long-awaited investment, and by doing so, building a stronger future for Montana.”

HELENA—The Montana high school results from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey have been released today by the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The biennial survey conducted in February, provides student data for health risks associated with unintentional injury and violence, including suicide ideation, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors, nutrition and dietary behaviors and physical activity; behaviors which have been shown to result in increased rates of morbidity or mortality. 

After reviewing the results, Superintendent Arntzen stressed the importance of communities using their local data to positively serve their students:

The Council on Aging is known for a variety of activities, but in September a special motor coach trip is planned that’s open to any age. Rachel Parks says it’s a trip with a lot to see.