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  • 2.

    Hold public hearings throughout the state in school districts located on reservations and in urban areas to seek recommendations to address the dropout rate and at-risk factors.

    • a.

      Hearing at Fort Belknap Reservation (September 2003)

    • b.

      Hearing in Helena (December 2003)

    • c.

      Hearing on second reservation (May 2004)

  • 3.

    Develop fiscal impact statement for those schools from which students drop out. (March

2004)

    • a.

      Will require assistance from Legislative Fiscal Division.

  • 4.

    Collaborate with OPI's American Indian Education Office and Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education that are currently working through a U.S. Department of Education Dropout Prevention Program with six Montana public school districts located on Indian reservations and that will be coordinating a plan for dropout prevention. (September 2003 - July 2004)

  • 5.

    Collaborate on this study with Montana's Interagency Coordinating Council, which has dropout prevention as one of its major goals. (September 2003 - July 2004)

  • 6.

    Report on the progress of the study at the Montana-Wyoming Indian Education Association annual conference in Missoula. (April 1-4, 2004)

7.

Produce a comprehensive, research-based, strategic plan to break the cycle of at-risk factors and significantly reduce the dropout rate, while increasing the graduation rate among Montana's American Indian students. Work with OPI to develop the plan. (March 2004 - July 2004)

Staff will develop a statewide profile of the dropout problem in Montana, concentrating on American Indian students. Staff will also produce a report on the at-risk factors that can be used to predict which students are most likely to drop out of school before receiving a diploma and a report on educational programs that are successful in keeping students in school. Staff will work with OPI in developing a statewide strategic plan that will include suggestions for school districts on how to reduce the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate for American Indian students.

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