The CNMI Public School System received $30,939,314 in federal program funding for FY09 (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009). A ten year trend analysis shows that federal program funding has more than doubled, increasing from just under $14 million in 1998 to $30.9 million in 2009. Across the same ten year time period, local funding has decreased from $42 million to $34 million. Also, across this same ten year period, the PSS has added 2,800 additional students, opened six new schools and shown sustained student learning gains at all twenty public schools.
The Federal Programs Office (FPO) assisted our twenty (20) public schools and twenty-six (26) private schools with the development of their Innovative Assistance Program (IAP) grant projects. These mini-grants, that in aggregate total over $3 million per year for the public schools and $1.1 million for our private schools, are designed to improve student learning by providing supplementary learning materials needed to enhance student learning. The PSS also provides mini-grants to our schools for after school programs, Saturday school programs, reading materials, Wellness Programs, student competitions and for professional development for teachers and school leaders.