From the Desk of the Superintendent


2021 Legislative Priorities 

  • BASE Aid plus inflation
  • Adding special education to BASE Aid plus inflation
  • Fund in-state residential treatment for at-risk students
  • Transfer the Broadband for Montana Schools program from the Department of Commerce to the Office of Public Instruction

Program 9 (funding to schools) comparison

Program 6 (state-level activities) comparison


The OPI is committed to hosting Education and Tribal Education Caucuses this session:

OPI Tribal Education Caucus:

  • 4:00pm every Thursday, Starting January 7th: Link to Join

OPI Education Caucus:

  • 7:00 am Every other Tuesday morning Room 335 at the Capitol Starting January 12th


Federal COVID-19 Waivers

  • Summer Food Service Program: extended through Summer 2021.
  • Report Card: still required for available data points
  • Assessment: ED has not made a decision on spring standardized assessments. The OPI is pursuing a waiver or determining how local interim data could be used instead
  • The OPI continues to advocate an extension of the CRF deadline while encouraging the Governor to allocate additional funds to education.


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