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Montana Superintendent Arntzen announces federal relief for schools

By: - January 6, 2021 11:55 am

Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed Montana will receive around $170 million from the December 2020 congressional funding bill in the form of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds, or ESSER II.

This new COVID-19 relief funding is four times more than the $41,295,230 allocated for Montana schools in the May 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security Act, according to a release from OPI.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen (Provided by the Office of Public Instruction)

“I quickly worked last spring to make the original relief funding accessible to our local schools as they faced unprecedented safety needs,” Arntzen said in a statement. “These new funds will address and mitigate any learning loss that our students may have experienced. I have continually reached out to Montanans as we collectively seek ways to support our teachers, parents, and students in maintaining a safe, high-quality learning environment.”

The Office of Public Instruction will allocate the new ESSER II funds consistent with the the original ESSER funds through the Title I formula that supports economically disadvantaged students. Montana will receive additional details of terms and conditions within the next three days.

Additional information can be found on the OPI’s COVID-19 webpage.

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Keila Szpaller
Keila Szpaller

Keila Szpaller is deputy editor of the Daily Montanan and covers education. Before joining States Newsroom Montana, she served as city editor of the Missoulian, the largest news outlet in western Montana.