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OPI asks feds to approve COVID relief spending

Lawmakers allocated $382 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds for education

HELENA - The Montana Office of Public Instruction submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Education Tuesday outlining how it intends to spend $382 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds.

The plan reflects more than a month of legislative debate this spring over the allocation of money from the American Rescue Plan Act. Lawmakers ultimately approved an ARPA spending plan, House Bill 632, in April, that identified learning loss and enrollment-induced budget gaps as key funding priorities. Combined with other federal relief packages, Congress has committed more than $593 million to help Mont...

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