Education Montana Politics

Montana Graduation Rates Climb; Family Foundation Bleats

In the past week, it’s become apparent that percentages are not a strong suit for the Laszloffy family, but today demonstrated their weakness when it comes to policy. The Montana Office of Public Instruction issued a release today, saying that Montana schools have reached the highest graduation rate seen in the state since the year 2000. Given the reality of data reporting requirements and stricter accountability, I would be willing to bet that those numbers may well be the highest in the state’s modern history as well. Superintendent Juneau, her staff, and the people across Montana who have worked to help more of our students graduate deserve congratulations for the excellent work they’ve already done and will continue to do.

But the Laszloffy-led Montana Family Foundation was less excited about the news. Only seeing the gains as a lame fundraising opportunity, as they tweeted out this criticism:

Since Denise Juneau was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction, the state has made steady progress to increase the number of students who graduate from high school–not through some ill-conceived, untested scheme to privatize our schools–but by embracing a partnership with community leaders, educators, and students. We’re not where we need to be yet, but the steady improvement in graduation rates demonstrates what effective leadership, like that shown by Superintendent Juneau, can do.

Laszloffy and his kind should probably stick to writing bigoted screeds about transgender students and leave the policymaking to the adults who are working to improve Montana schools.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
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