The Education Interim Committee (EDIC) will hold two remote meetings the afternoons of April 30 and May 5, 2020, from 1 PM to roughly 4 PM each day to continue its interim work following the cancelation of its March 19-20 meeting. Meeting materials are posted at https://leg.mt.gov/committees/interim/2019edic/.
On Thursday, April 30, after hearing K-12 updates from Superintendent Arntzen, the committee will explore several topics for which it may consider seeking legislation, including:
- options for revising the first-come, first-served mechanism for awarding transformational learning grants and advanced opportunity aid under HB 351 and HB 387, respectively;
- school funding technical issues clean-up; and
- a state-funded, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds.
On Tuesday, May 5, the committee will learn the basics of school nutrition programs and then explore models and best practices for school breakfast programs. The committee will then turn its attention to student well-being amidst COVID-19 and school closures with a panel discussion on the topic.
This meeting is open to the public. The meeting will be streamed live on www.leg.mt.gov and broadcast on the Montana Public Affairs Network (MPAN) if you wish to view only. An archived recording of the meeting will also be made immediately available on leg.mt.gov.
Members of the public who wish to participate may join the meeting. If you want to participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and a request and you will be sent a calendar invite with instructions for joining and participating in the call by 5 p.m. the day before the call.
A time will be provided on the agenda for oral public comment. At that time, members of the public who have joined may "raise their hand" and participate after being recognized by the presiding officer or the meeting host. Comments will be taken in order. Written public comment via email in advance of the meeting to email@example.com is also welcome and will be provided to committee members.
Any oral or written public comment provided to the committee is a public record that is recorded, archived, and available on the web.
The Montana Legislative Services Division will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this public meeting. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Pad McCracken at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-444-3595 as soon as possible before the meeting date.