Answered By: Melissa Cast-Brede
Last Updated: May 06, 2015     Views: 3

Hi Barbara,

I found a publication from the National Congress of American Indians that has a brief paragraph on the Johnson O'Malley program.  It states that students used to get $96 but now get $76.  The information is on page 47 of the document at http://www.ncai.org/ncai_2014_budget_request.pdf

A document from the National Center for Education Statistics give information on formulas.  For example,

"The Basic Grant payments to the secretary of the interior for out-of-state Indian children is capped at 40percent of the average state per-pupil expenditure in the state in which the children are schooled, or, if theamount is greater, at 48 percent of such expenditure in the United States; sec. 1121(d)(2)."

That document Allocating Grants for Title I is at http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/annualreports/pdf/titleI20071030.pdf

A letter from the Johnson O'Malley Association gives the same numbers - http://njoma.com/uploads/President_Obama_letter_June2014.pdf

The letter refers to a Senate report that interesting information, but not the per student amound you asked about - https://www.congress.gov/congressional-report/112th-congress/senate-report/262/1

The letter also refers to a bill introduced to the House of Representatives that would raise the spending to $125.  The text of that bill is at https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4328/text

That's all I've found so far.  I'll let you know if I find more.  If I've misunderstood the question, please let me know.

Regards, Melissa

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