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A recent string of developments and deadlines have begun to offer a clearer picture of how Montana’s public school system will make use of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding for K-12 education. Alex Sarkissian with the Montana Free Press reports that last Tuesday marked the submission deadline for school districts’ goals and objectives for nearly 400 million dollars of relief funds. Montana’s Office of Public Instruction data shows that 47% of the requested funding is designated for facility improvements and 44% is for staffing.

Beyond increased funding through federal programs, the state Office of Public Instruction is also looking at improving education with the private sector. OPI Superintendent Elsie Arntzen.

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