- Open admission [Article]
What is open admission? Is it the law? How do I know which schools have open admission? Must the school district have a policy in their policy manual stating that they have open admissio
- Student suspension and expulsion [Article]
Unless a student is a special education student, it appears that there is no clear rule or regulation that sets a maximum number of days allowed for a student suspension. When does an ex
- Breach of contract [Article]
I heard that there is a law that states if I have signed a contract to teach for the following year, I have until July 1st to resign from that contract. Is that true? Would there be any penalties fo...
- School drop out age [Article]
At what age can a student drop out of school in Montana? Section 20-5-103 of the Montana statutes provides that a student has to attend school until the later of the following
- How do I report the districtís use of the SRSA grant? [Article]
How do I report the district’s use of the SRSA grant? The most recent information from the U.S. Department of Education states that the report process for the SRSA program for district
- Will I receive my SRSA grant award from the OPI? [Article]
Will I receive my SRSA grant award from the OPI? No. The SRS grant program remains between the local district and the U.S. Department of Education. The district applies to the U.S. Departmen
- What are the flexibility provisions of the SRS program? [Article]
What are the flexibility provisions of the SRS program? SRSA eligible district can REAP-Flex up to 100 percent of the use of funds from one federal program to another with one exception
- Why don't we qualify for RLI? [Article]
Our District has a very high percentage of students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Why doesn’t the district qualify for the Rural and Low-Income program? &ldq
- What are the provisions of the RLIS program? [Article]
What are the provisions of the RLIS program? The Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) component of REAP provides districts with funding allocated through the OPI the same as ot
- How is eligibility determined for ESEA Title VI programs? [Article]
How is eligibility determined for ESEA Title VI programs? 1. To be eligible for the SRSA program, districts must have: • an average daily attendance of 600 students or less and • b
- For what purposes can I use my SRS grant? [Article]
For what purposes can I use my SRS grant? SRSA grant funds are to be aligned to one or more of the other Title programs i.e. ESEA Title I, Part A; ESEA Title II, Part A or Part D; ESEA Title
- What is the purpose of ESEA Title VI? [Article]
What is the purpose of ESEA Title VI? ESEA Title VI provides federal funding flexibility to help school raise student achievement. Part A of ESEA Title VI provides general transfe
- How do I determine the ESEA Title VI program component my district is eligible f... [Article]
...nent my district is eligible for?
Go to the Small, Rural School Achievement Program page on the US Department of education website at h
- Title IV, Part B, subpart 2 - Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) grants [Article]
The rural schools grants require the school district to request and receive cash for the grant from the Federal government using the e-payments (AKA "GAPS) system. [NOTE: Small Rural Schools funding u...
- Duplicate licenses [Article]
How do I get a copy of my teaching/administrative/specialist license? You may obtain a duplicate license by logging on to the Educator Licensure web page at www.opi.mt.gov/cert. On the left
- How long is my Montana background check valid? [Article]
How long is my Montana background check valid? The fingerprint background check is valid for licensure for a period of two years, based upon the processing date on the report. The date of re
- Non-OPI licensed counselors - Licensed Addiction Counselors [Article]
Does OPI license all counselors who work in the schools? Guidance counselors are licensed by the Office of Public Instruction as school counselors. These individuals may also serve as indivi
- Application Status [Article]
Is there a way to check on the status of a license application?
You should allow four to six weeks before contacting the Educator Licensure unit to check on the status of any educator l
- Is there a grace period for earning credits/renewal units? [Article]
Is there a grace period for earning credits/renewal units for renewing an educator, administrator or specialist license?
A license officially expires on June 30th. However, there
- How much does a Montana license cost? [Article]
How much does a Montana license cost?
Initial Montana License: $36 to OPI for the license and $29.25 to the MT Dept. of Justice for fingerprinting