This Web page provides information on the major prekindergarten through grade twelve provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), signed by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009. This unprecedented investment will provide our public education and early childhood programs with critically needed funds and the opportunities to continue efforts to close achievement gaps and improve educational opportunities for Montana's children and youth.
ARRA and Stabilization Funding for Montana's K-12 School Districts includes:
- State Fiscal Stabilization Funds for K-12 BASE Aid $62.10 M
- State Fiscal Stabilization Funds for State Special Education $2.46 M
- Deferred Maintenance and Energy Improvement Grants to Schools (Dept. of Commerce) $20 M
- "Quick Start" Energy Grants (Dept. of Commerce) $15 M
- Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB) $3.18M immediately, $4.6 M expected in 2010
- Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB) $31.6 M immediately, $31.6 M expected in 2010
- ARRA Title I Part A Funding for School $34.65 M
- ARRA IDEA Part B - Special Education $36.7 M
- ARRA IDEA Preschool - Special Education $1.26 M
- ARRA Title IID – Education Technology $3.2 M
- ARRA Title I – School Improvement $9.7 M
- ARRA Education for Homeless Children and Youth $175,966
- School Nutrition Equipment Grants $224,981
In order to receive State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, the Office of Public Instruction had to submit an application forPhase II of the Education Fund. Included in that application are Assurance Indicators and Descriptors. These tables summarize Montana's plans to meet requirements in four areas of education reform.
- Achieving Equity in Teacher Distribution
- Improving Collection and Use of Data
- Standards and Assessments
- Supporting Struggling Schools
The Office of Public Instruction invites you to learn more about the ARRA by visiting OPI's ARRA information page.
Denise Juneau, Superintendent