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President’s Proposed Budget

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The President released his federal budget proposal on May 23, 2017. It is important to note that this budget is just a proposal and Congress is ultimately responsible for creating and passing a federal budget. However, I am concerned by the proposed budget. The OPI will serve as a resource to Montana's Congressional delegation by providing data on what the impacts of any federal budget decisions on Montana's schools would be. The OPI will continue to strategically allocate our funds in order to best serve Montana students.
Most federal education programs are “forward funded”, meaning that the funding for state school year 2017-2018 is already approved. The proposed federal budget would affect our state school year 2018-2019. Here is an overview on what the impacts to Montana would be:

  • Federal funding for all elementary and secondary level programs would see a reduction of $21.5 million, or 11.7% under this proposed budget. This total includes programs, such as Impact Aid, where the funds go directly to school districts from the federal government.
  • Major reductions absorbed by school districts are:
    • Eliminating Title IIA support for teachers and principals ($9.2 million)
    • Eliminating 21st Century Community Learning Centers - after school programs ($5.6 million)
    • Reducing Title IA grants that support students ($2.0 million).
    • Eliminating Title IVA student support and academic enrichment grants ($1.8 million).

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Montana’s Draft State ESSA Plan

Superintendent Arntzen has released Montana’s draft state plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for public input. This draft is the result of strong collaboration between the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI), education stakeholders, policymakers, tribal leaders, and our diverse schools, businesses, and communities across the state. Montana’s plan will put Montana students first by creating a comprehensive system of individual school accountability, promoting long-term student growth, and moving beyond the strict federal mandates of the previous No Child Left Behind Act. OPI welcomes continued input from all Montanans about how we can best serve our students. The plan can be viewed here.