Office of the Superintendent

Legislation Requested by the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Monday, January 3, 2011, 5:14 pm

The Superintendent of Public Instruction has requested three bills for introduction to the 2011 Legislature.


SB 44, sponsored by Senator Taylor Brown (R-Huntley), raises the expectation for students to remain in high school until they reach the age of 18 or upon graduation.  The legislation recognizes avenues other than high school for remaining engaged in learning, including enrollment in an adult basic education program, the Montana youth challenge program, job corps, an accredited postsecondary program, or a registered apprenticeship program.


SB 71, sponsored by Senator Bob Hawks (D-Bozeman), authorizes schools to use the district retirement fund to pay the employer's contributions to the retirement, federal social security, and unemployment insurance systems for teachers who are paid from Education Jobs Fund monies in FY 2011.


SB 79, sponsored by Senator Gary Branae (D-Billings), provides an increase of 3.9% in FY 2012 and 1.53% in FY 2013 in the basic entitlement, the per-ANB entitlement, the American Indian achievement gap payment, the Indian education for all payment, and the quality educator payment.  SB 79 has the effect of making the funding increases permanent from the 2011 biennium, including the one-time-only amounts that funded the basic and per-ANB entitlements using state fiscal stabilization monies received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

For more information, contact Madalyn Quinlan, Chief of Staff, 406-444-5643