By Elsie Arntzen
State Superintendent 

Superintendent Arntzen's response to the interpretation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act


August 10, 2023

“Montana was awarded $4,800,000 through the Federal 2022 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) which included the Stronger Connections grant. This was a one-time-only grant through a competitive application process that was offered to our over 400 public school districts. Federal and state qualifications were met in spring of 2023 and funding awards were given to 25 school districts in July 2023.

This Federal law, PL 117-159, which amended 20 U.S.C. § 7906 prohibits the use of many Federal education funds ‘for the provision to any person of a dangerous weapon, as defined in section...

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