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Recovery Act INformation

Recovery Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009.

The Recovery Act contains several sources of funding for K-12 education. 

This Web page provides information on the major prekindergarten through grade twelve provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), signed by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009. This unprecedented investment will provide our public education and early childhood programs with critically needed funds and the opportunities to continue efforts to close achievement gaps and improve educational opportunities for Montana's children and youth.

ARRA and Stabilization Funding for Montana's K-12 School Districts includes:

  • State Fiscal Stabilization Funds for K-12 BASE Aid $62.10 M
  • State Fiscal Stabilization Funds for State Special Education $2.46 M
  • Deferred Maintenance and Energy Improvement Grants to Schools (Dept. of Commerce) $20 M
  • "Quick Start" Energy Grants (Dept. of Commerce) $15 M
  • Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB) $3.18M immediately, $4.6 M expected in 2010
  • Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB) $31.6 M immediately, $31.6 M expected in 2010
  • ARRA Title I Part A Funding for School $34.65 M
  • ARRA IDEA Part B - Special Education $36.7 M
  • ARRA IDEA Preschool - Special Education $1.26 M
  • ARRA Title IID – Education Technology $3.2 M
  • ARRA Title I – School Improvement $9.7 M
  • ARRA Education for Homeless Children and Youth $175,966
  • School Nutrition Equipment Grants $224,981

Race to the Top (RTTT)

The Race to the Top Fund provides competitive grants to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform; implementing ambitious plans in the four education reform areas described in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA); and achieving significant improvement in student outcomes, including making substantial gains in student achievement, closing achievement gaps, improving high school graduation rates, and ensuring that students are prepared for success in college and careers.

The U.S. Department of Education invites comments on the Proposed Priorities by August 28, 2009.

OPI ARRA Programs

 Complete ARRA Quarterly Report

State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF)
State Fiscal Stabilization Funds under ARRA were appropriated by the Montana Legislature to fund a portion of the increase in K-12 Base Aid in FY10 and FY11.

Principal and Teacher Evaluation Survey Reports by School System
Survey of Principal Evaluation Systems
Survey of Teacher Evaluation Systems

Assurance Indicators and Descriptors for Montana

Phase II Montana Application

Superintendent Denise Juneau's Comments on proposed regulations for State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, Phase 2,submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on August 21, 2009

Joint Letter to Sec. Duncan on Charter Schools


Direct State Aid ARRA Entitlement Payments
K-12 Assurances Application (Governor's Office)
FY 11 Allocations

Ed Jobs - ARRA
Webinar on December 9, 2010

IDEA ARRA Allocations

NCLB ARRA Allocations (Title IA and IID, Fall 2009)

School Nutrition Equipments Grants

Schools of Promise - SIG
Tracking Sheet for SIG Salary Reimbursements


Conference Materials

March 11, 2009
March 25, 2009
April 1, 2009
April 22, 2009
April 29, 2009
June 9, 2009
December 8, 2009


Recovery Act Information