Posted: Nov 10, 2011 4:59 PM by Marnee Banks (Helena)
Updated: Nov 10, 2011 5:00 PM
Forty students from all over Montana were in Helena on Thursday to meet with State Superintendent Denise Juneau.
This is the second year that Juneau has used the Student Advisory Board to help develop policy.
Last year the group focused on improving graduation rates and launched the "I Pledge to Graduate" campaign.
This year's theme is making sure students are ready for college.
Larry Bratke of Bozeman High School said, "A lot of kids don't understand how important that is and they think they can go get a job without a diploma and I think some of that practical knowledge needs to get out there."
Cody Hill of Whitefish Independent High School noted, "I think a student's voice can have a huge impact on what the state does and what schools do. I think it's a huge voice that should be heard."
Juneau appreciated the input, saying, "They bring a really good perspective. They're a very diverse group of students, and have very unique experiences in the school system."
Some of the suggestions from this year's meeting were to increase college fairs in rural Montana and to make sure high school counselors have more information about available colleges.