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The Montana Office of Public Instruction is soliciting candidates for a new committee that will help determine K-12 health enhancement curriculum for public schools.

The state is using a new process for selecting health enhancement content and performance standards, as outlined in Senate Bill 345 passed by the 2015 Montana Legislature.

Committees will now advise the state Board of Education on matters of K-12 school content related to accreditation.

This panel will deal with standards for health enhancement and physical education, and will review proposed standards and suggest revisions or adoptions to Denise Juneau, superintendent of public instruction. The committee will give input on broad standards, as specific curriculum is left up to individual districts.

Applications are open to school district trustees, K-12 school administrators, K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, school business officials, parents and taxpayers.

The committee also will assist OPI in developing an economic impact statement.

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Applications for the committee are available online at opi.mt.gov.

Individuals interested in the positions will be asked to provide the school district or any other group they represent, as well as explain their experience and perspective as it relates to the committee. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 14.

OPI plans to have no more than 15 members of the committee, although according to a public notification that was posted about the application opening, that number could change to best represent those affected by the rules.

The committee will be chosen and assembled by Aug. 28, and will hold its first meeting on Sept. 30.

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