About Johnson O’Malley Program
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Johnson O’Malley Program (JOM) is available to enhance educational efforts focused primarily on Indian reservations. Program funds are designed to provide special services to meet the unique specialized needs of Indian children attending public schools. The JOM Committee is made up of parents, elected by other parents, and eligible Indian students enrolled in public schools on or near Indian reservations. Under the JOM Act – to ensure parent involvement – there must be a Parent Committee and there must be an Education Plan.
How Does JOM Work?
- The purpose is to provide supplementary financial assistance to meet the unique and specialized needs of Native students.
- There are two main requirements under the JOM Act to assure Parent Participation and control.
- The Parent Committee
- The Education Plan
The JOM Committee is made up of parents, elected by other parents, and eligible Indian students enrolled in public schools on or near Indian reservations.
Committee’s purpose is to participate in:
Evaluation of all educational programs, including both supplemental and operational support.
- Study and assist with the educational needs of the Indian students.
- Determine program priorities designed to meet the educational needs identified.
- Monitor and evaluate program effectiveness.
- Serve as an avenue of communication between the Indian community and the school.
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs JOM Mission is to enhance the educational needs of our Native American students for future success.
Who is Eligible?
Students – Preschool (3yrs of age) through High School that attend school in the Jefferson County 509-J School District and Wasco County, (except those who are enrolled in Bureau or sectarian operated schools), shall be eligible for benefits provided by a contract pursuant to this part if they are ¼ or more degree Indian blood and recognized by the Secretary as being eligible for Bureau services.
Commonly Asked Questions
What is the Johnson-O’Malley Act? Years ago, JOM was funded to provide operational support in which schools used funds to buy busses, school equipment, and more. The JOM program was redesigned to be a supplementary program instead of a basic support program to provide special services to meet the unique specialized needs of Indian children attending public schools.
What is the Purpose of the Johnson-O’Malley? Its basic purpose has also remained the same: To provide supplementary financial assistance to meet the unique and specialized education needs of Indian children. Johnson-O’Malley funds are supplementary funds and are not to take the place of federal, state or local funds.
How does the Program work? To receive contract for funds, a state, a school district, an Indian tribe, or an Indian corporation may contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Broad general regulations outline the requirements for the contract, allowing the programs to be developed to meet local needs and differences.
What is the Indian Education Committee? The Indian Education Committee is established by the Indian community and works with the contractor in developing programs submitted in the educational plan and approves all programs and budgets funded by Johnson-O’Malley.
What is the Educational Plan? The Educational Plan is the written document which outlines the plans for providing programs to meet the unique and specialized educational needs of Indian students. It is developed in coordination with the contractor and the Indian Education Committee. It identifies needs of the Indian students, the goals and objectives to be accomplished, procedures to be followed, methods to be used in evaluating the program as well as proposed budgets and is submitted as part of the contract. (See Section 273.14 and 273.18, Rules and Regulations.)
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