P.O. Box 202501 • Helena, MT 59620-2501
Putting Montana Students First
What is the Education Savings Account?
Sponsored by Representative Vinton, HB 393 establishes a students with special needs savings account. Qualified students, those identified as a "child with a disability" under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C 1400, et seq, may be eligible for reimbursement of allowable education expenses.
Currently, the OPI is researching implementation of similar legislation across the country. In addition, we will be inviting parents to participate in a steering committee to help provide feedback as the OPI implements the requirements of this bill. If you are interested in applying to this steering committee, apply here!
Education Savings Account Steering Committee
The OPI is pleased to announce the new Education Savings Account Steering Committee. This committee will provide strategic advisory support to ensure the administrative process of the ESA program meets the needs of students and families enrolled in the program. Read more about the committee in the Steering Committee Overview. Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month. If you are a member of the public interested in listening to the committee, please email Kiera.Moog@mt.gov
Next meeting: March 11, 2024 - 4:30 pm Agenda (draft) | Recording
January 9, 2024 - Agenda | Recording February 12, 2024 - 4:30 pm Agenda | Recording
Alba Pimentel, Parent/Guardian from Billings
Brad Tschida, Educator from Missoula
Chas Haggerty, Education Service Provider from Billings
Sue Furey, Educator from Missoula
Katherine Walter, Parent/Guardian from White Sulphur Springs
Rebecca Richards, Parent/Guardian from Great Falls
Jennifer Duray, Parent/Guardian from Billings
Stephanie Keeth, Parent/Guardian from Billings
Clifton Grilley, Parent/Guardian from Power
Jean Curtiss, Community Member from Missoula
Lisa Gunderson, Parent/Guardian from Choteau
Robin Urbaska, Parent/Guardian from Billings
Sarah Whitney, Parent/Guardian from Great Falls
Louisa Libertelli Dunn, Community Member from Great Falls
Amanda Christofferson, Education Service Provider from Havre