Office of the Superintendent

March 1, 2019 

Elsie Arntzen

Hello Montana Students, Teachers, Families, and Communities,

The 66th Legislative Session is at the halfway point! Check out the information below for updates in education.

The OPI Legislative Priorities

The OPI is advocating for a strong education budget that fully restores reductions from last session plus an inflationary increase for special education. The OPI also has several policy initiatives around school safety, data sharing with the university system, evening out state school payments, and providing school safety grants. You can see the OPI’s full legislative agenda and a transmittal review on the OPI website.


2020 Teacher of the Year

Applications and nominations for the 2020 Montana Teacher of the Year program are open! Additional information can be found on the OPI’s website. Please be sure to share with your community!


ESSA Report Cards Coming Soon!

State, District, and School Report Cards will be coming out this spring. District administrators will receive embargoed information at least a week in advance to craft messaging for your communities and ensure a positive rollout. Check out the OPI’s working report card webpage for updates and to review the latest prototypes.


Superintendent’s February Events

  • State of Education Address
  • Dyslexia Task Force Meeting
  • CSPAC Conference Call
  • State of the Tribal Nations Address
  • Meetings with the Governor’s Office
  • Conference call with the Education Commission of the States
  • Conference call with MT Teacher of the Year Alumni Group
  • Meeting with the Montana Farm Bureau Federation
  • Meetings with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education regarding the ACT
  • Conference call with the Wyoming Department of Education
  • Perkins Advisory Committee Meeting
  • Montana Association of County School Superintendents Annual Conference
  • Boys and Girls Club of Montana Youth of the Year Banquet
  • Recurring Land Board, Education Advocates, State Library Commission, Education Caucus, and Tribal Education Caucus Meetings

OPI Social Media

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