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Today our governor met with both the Board of Education and Regiments to go over our state's school structure. ABC Montana's Joe Moeller attended the meeting to give us all the details.

Exactly one year ago today Governor Steve Bullock took office on the steps of the Capitol Building and earlier this afternoon he joined the Board of Education to see where Montana's schools stand.

"Really focusing on college completion to what we are doing with two year colleges and making sure that we have students that are ready for the work force and really focusing on graduation rates and even going all the way back now and focus early childhood education." said Governor Steve Bullock.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau discussed graduation matters Montana, which College Application Week, that gave students the opportunity to apply to Montana universities for free over a week span, played a part of.

"It was a great first year I think and in the future we are going to see even more students participating we are going to see a lot more applications in the Montana university system which is great because students are learning how to access the university system, but also great for the university system because it is going to bump their numbers as well." said Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau

Another new concept in the Montana education system is the HiSet assessment test, which will replace the GED Exam  in 2014.

"Really all we were doing as a state was switching from the words GED to HiSet and so it is going to provide the same opportunities and HiSet comes at a lesser cost for students it comes with a free retake, should they need to retake the test and it is also a balance of online and paper pencil test and so when taking a look at the two options the HiSet really was the right move for our state." added Juneau.

Tribal council education leaders, state college representatives, and others also spoke on behalf of sectors of education in Montana, but keeping those thoughts in mind,  Governor Steve Bullock still sees early childhood education as a priority for his second year in office.

"Everybody recognizes the importance of early childhood education so we will continue to work on that and we are also really going to continue to work on college completion and making sure that we hit that benchmark. " added Bullock.

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