Jul 16, 2013 12:54 PM by MTN News - Bozeman
WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Max Baucus announced Monday that he's secured critical support for rural schools in a key education bill that's moving through the Senate.
The Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP), which provides about $5 million each year for rural schools, is up for renewal this year.
Baucus met with the head of the Montana School Administrators, along with two Montana school superintendents to get their input on the program.
"REAP is an employment factor for schools across the state of Montana. The REAP money has been there for a long enough period of time [and] most schools are employing people as a result of that money, and those people are delivering direct services to children, which is what this is all about," explained Kirk Miller with the School Administrators of Montana.
About 420 Montana schools rely on REAP funds.