Office of the Superintendent
Education Jobs Bill FundingFriday, October 1, 2010, 11:32 am
On September 13, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan approved the State of Montana's application for $30.7 million for the Education Jobs Fund program. Governor Schweitzer's office submitted the application to the USED on September 8. The Governor's Office has directed the Superintendent of Public Instruction to distribute the Education Jobs Fund monies to schools in 2010-11 to fund K-12 BASE Aid. These federal monies will not provide any new resources to schools, instead, the federal monies will replace state general fund dollars that were allocated by the legislature to fund schools in 2010-11. The OPI expects to distribute this money to schools in December 2010. In the next couple of weeks, OPI will provide guidance to schools on how to account for the federal monies and meet the reporting requirements associated with the monies.
You may have heard or read in the news that the Superintendent of Public Instruction will decide how to distribute the money. However, in the state's application to USED, the Governor provided assurance that the State will distribute funds on the basis of the State's primary elementary and secondary education funding formula as identified in its application for funding under the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund program. It is our understanding that while the State Superintendent may have some options about whether to distribute the new federal funding as Direct State Aid (i.e. the basic and per-ANB entitlement) or as the Quality Educator payment, the outcome is the same.
For more information, contact Madalyn Quinlan, 406.444.3168