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Montana's education system scoring extremely low in a national study that measures how much of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States has been taught to students.

The study, Teaching the Movement 2014: The State of Civil Rights Education in the United States, examined standards and curriculum resources related to the study of the modern Civil Rights Movement for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

In this report, twenty states received failing grades.

Despite the national significance of the Civil Rights Movement, many states continue to mistakenly see it as a regional matter or a topic of interest mainly for black students. Generally speaking, the report found that the farther from the south, and the smaller the African-American population, the less attention paid to the movement in schools.

The report was issued promote change by identifying the shortcomings in state standards and highlighting areas of excellence.

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