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Bureau of Indian Affairs Southern Plains Regional Office. National Budget Meeting – FY 2012 Education Budget Request. Education. Tribes in the Southern Plains Region have made Education the number 1 priority.

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Bureau of indian affairs southern plains regional office

Bureau of Indian AffairsSouthern Plains Regional Office

National Budget Meeting – FY 2012

Education Budget Request


Education
Education

  • Tribes in the Southern Plains Region have made Education the number 1 priority.

  • Programs contracted include Scholarships, JOM, Adult Education and Tribally Designed programs

  • Critical for raising the quality of life for the first Americans


Johnson o malley
Johnson O’Malley

  • The largest & by far the most popular education program

  • There are 31 JOM Contracts in the Southern Plains Region; Two directly operated by the OK Indian Education Office

  • JOM provides school supplies & much needed tutoring to Indian Students

  • Approximately 32,000 served in 2009


Issues
Issues

  • Student count frozen in 1995 @ approximately 25,000

  • There have been several attempts to eliminate JOM altogether

  • Funding has steadily decreased

  • In 1997 students were funded @ approximately $100 per student

  • Today, they are funded @ approximately $66 per student


Issues1
Issues

  • Increased student counts & increased costs add to shortfall

  • At current funding levels, programs have to be very selective in what they purchase

  • Administrative costs incurred by contractors decreases amounts available for students


Fy 2012 recommendations
FY 2012 Recommendations

  • Reopen the student count to accurately reflect actual student population

  • Increase per student funding amount to $125


Scholarships
Scholarships

  • Probably the most underfunded and most critical of the education programs

  • Tribal Scholarships provide tribal members the opportunity to further education beyond High School level

  • Job Markets today are extremely competitive & often require more than a bachelor’s degree at the entry level


Scholarships1
Scholarships

  • Many tribes have no resources to support students beyond the under graduate level

  • Even with federal assistance, students still have a huge unmet need

  • Rising tuition costs + More students applying for Scholarships = Less $$ available per student

  • Students forced to take out student loans

  • Tribes cannot keep up with demand at present funding levels


Funding request
Funding Request

  • TPA JOM

  • FY 2009 JOM Enacted - $481,985

  • FY 2012 JOM Request - $1,460,561

  • TPA Scholarships:

  • FY 2009 Enacted - $2,667,209

  • FY 2012 Request - $4,000,814


Funding request1
Funding Request

  • TPA Adult Education

  • FY 2009 Enacted - $579,416

  • FY 2012 Request - $724,270



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