Juneau announces candidacy for re-election

Denise Juneau announces her candidacy Tuesday in the Capitol rotunda

Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has announced she will run for re-election in 2012. Democrat Denise Juneau was first elected to the post in 2008, becoming the first American Indian woman sworn into a statewide office.

Juneau announced her candidacy today from the state capitol building.

Juneau says she has raised learning standards for English and Math in Montana schools, started a first of its kind student advisory board. Juneau believes she has accomplished much in her three years, but there is still much to do.

“More than 2,000 students drop out of school every year from Montana schools. That’s way too many, we can do better. Our economic future depends on us doing better. And it’s not just about making sure our students graduate from high school but we also need to make sure their diploma means something when they walk across the stage,” Juneau said.

Juneau said if re-elected she would bring a bill to the state legislature to raise the legal drop-out age from 16 to 18.

“We need to set the bar high and then support our students and they will reach it. I know that if we challenge them and we support them they will rise to any target,” Juneau said.

Republican Sandy Welch has also filed as a candidate to challenge Juneau for the Public Instruction post. Welch is a former teacher and school administrator who lives in Flathead County.

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