Office of the Superintendent


OPI requests bill drafts for the 2013 legislative session

Friday, August 31, 2012, 12:16 pm

Superintendent Juneau has requested eight bill drafts for the 2013 legislative session, which convenes in January. These requests are targeted to meet the shared policy goal of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Board of Public Education, and the Montana Legislature to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the 21st century global society.  A listing with a brief description of each request is posted on the OPI website at http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/Superintendent/12AugOPIBillDraftRequests.pdf.   

 

LC 181, the largest of OPI’s funding requests, is for $58 million in the 2015 biennium to provide inflationary increases of .89% in FY 2014 and 2.14% in FY2015 for each component of the state’s school funding formula. These components include the basic and per-ANB entitlements, special education allowable cost payments, the quality educator payment, the American Indian achievement gap payment, Indian education for all payment, and the at-risk student payment. The request also proposes a per-school basic entitlement to replace the existing per-district basic entitlement.

 

The majority of the OPI’s requests are designed to meet the shared objective to increase Montana’s high school graduation rate. These proposals include raising the legal dropout age to 18 or upon graduation; increasing funding for career and technical student organizations; providing ANB funding for students who are 19 years of age and older and still enrolled in school; and providing "early college" scholarships for students who graduate early from high school.

 

OPI is in the process of drafting and submitting language to the Legislative Services Division for its bill draft requests. The draft legislation will be available through the LAWS system on the Legislative Services website once the bill drafts are developed.

For more information, contact Madalyn Quinlan, Chief of Staff, 406-444-3168