Budget & Education Working Group (1)

The OPI established the Budget & Education Working Group to gather information from the community and offer feedback that will serve as a resource for the legislature when considering education funding for the 2025 Biennium Budget and 2025 Legislative Session.  OPI staff will provide a white paper and summary from the working group for the legislature. 

 

This group will meet virtually 4 times before September to discuss the budget formula, ongoing budget discussion, and budgeting challenges our schools and community face while educating our students. 

 

 

Over 170 Montana teachers, parents, taxpayers, school clerks, and superintendents submitted their names to be a part of the working group. Due to overwhelming interest, there will be seven breakout groups based on the areas of interest expressed on the application:

  • Special needs students and programs
  • Teacher pay, retention, & recruitment.
  • Rural, population, & culture
  • Sustainability & tax burden
  • Programs & curriculum
  • Funding formula
  • School budgeting

Join Us:

First Budget & Education Working Group Meeting:

  • April 24, 2024 7:00pm - (link) | Agenda | Recording (will be posted after meeting)


Small Group Meeting Information:

Meeting dates and times for Group A: Special needs students and programs

  • Monday, May 20, 5:30pm
  • Monday, June 24, 5:30pm
  • Monday, July 22, 5:30pm
  • Zoom Link for all Meetings.

Meeting dates and times for Group B: Teacher pay, retention, & recruitment

  • Monday, May 20, 7:00pm
  • Monday, June 24, 7:00pm
  • Monday, July 22, 7:00pm
  • Zoom Link for all Meetings.

Meeting dates and times for Group C: Rural, population, & culture

  • Tuesday, May 21, 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 25, 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, July 23, 5:30pm
  • Zoom Link for all Meetings.

Meeting dates and times for Group D: Sustainability & tax burden

  • Tuesday, May 21, 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 25, 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 23, 7:00pm
  • Zoom Link for all Meetings.

Meeting dates and times for Group E: Programs & curriculum

  • Wednesday, May 22, 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 26, 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 5:30pm
  • Zoom Link for all Meetings.

Meeting dates and times for Group F: Funding formula

  • Wednesday, May 22, 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 26, 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 7:00pm
  • Zoom Link for all Meetings.

Meeting dates and times for Group G: School budgeting

  • Thursday, May 23, 5:30pm
  • Thursday, June 27, 5:30pm
  • Thursday, July 25, 5:30pm
  • Zoom Link for all Meetings.




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For more information, please contact Katie Bloodgood, Legislative Liaison.

 


OPI Staff are here to help:

Katie Bloodgood, Legislative Liaison, 406-444-2082