The state's new transportation aid formula will provide $7.5 million in additional funding for transportation but the majority of rural schools will miss out.
A study found states should improve accessibility and affordability of dual-credit programs to boost participation.
The $38 million in state aid will help many poor, rural districts that cannot rely on property taxes for school funding.
Rural districts often lose thousands of dollars for each student that leaves, which can force schools to cut teachers and close buildings.
The report found that child poverty rates have increased and children still lack access to early childhood opportunities and health care.
A new report found that Montana schools with high completion rates for online credit recovery courses tend to use some of the same strategies.
Rural school superintendent Michael Johnson will replace the state's former education commissioner, who resigned earlier this year.
As Indiana's English-language learner population has increased, rural schools are having trouble finding enough teachers and resources.
Blackfeet Community College in rural Montana has partnered with the University of Montana to allow students to become teachers without leaving the Blackfeet reservation.
The new rural and tribal Promise Zones will focus on boosting education and economic opportunities.