September 2022-Traffic Education

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Office of Public Instruction

September 2022


Traffic Education Reimbursement - $164.04 per student

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We applaud the 125 school districts that completed traffic education programs last school year and submitted the TE06 year-end report to receive their annual Traffic Education reimbursement. In August, the OPI distributed $1.3 million to school districts that offered state-approved Traffic Education programs during the 2021-2022 school year. A total of 7,925 students were counted for the traffic education reimbursement and district costs were partially offset by the state reimbursement of $164.04 per TE student. This annual reimbursement is made possible by a percentage of driver license fees collected by the Department of Justice, Motor Vehicle Division.

During August, the 2022 Traffic Education reimbursements were electronically deposited in school district accounts managed by county treasurers or individual accounts managed by school districts. Reports showing the 2021-22 reimbursement by county and school district are posted on the OPI’s Driver Education Forms & Reports webpage.

Driver Education reimbursement fluctuates from year to year depending upon the number of driver licenses processed by the DOJ Motor Vehicle Division and the total number of students eligible for reimbursement in the school year. 



Introducing our new Program Specialist, LeAnn Haas!


In July of 2022, LeAnn Haas was hired by OPI as the Program Specialist for Traffic Education.  After graduating from MSU-Northern with a degree in Secondary English Education and a minor in Traffic Education, LeAnn pursued her master’s degree in Special Education from MSU-Billings.

“Special Education has been my life for the last decade, and it feels like a perfect time to transition into a new adventure to advance my skills and knowledge of traffic safety. I’m excited to be a part of something that was built by amazing individuals such as David Huff, Fran Penner-Ray, and now Dwight Nelson. Patti Borneman has been amazing sharing her knowledge with me during onboarding.”

She began teaching Traffic Education in 2013. Serving previously on the board and more currently the MTEA (Montana Traffic Education Association) President for the 2022 conference year, she comes with valuable skills and knowledge of the position and traffic education program.

Contact the Traffic Education Office with questions about state-approved traffic education programs in Montana, becoming a state-approved traffic educator, attending a Montana DRIVE Workshop, or for parent and teen driver education resources.

Call (406) 444-4432 or visit

The OPI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, require an alternate format, or have questions concerning accessibility, contact the OPI ADA Coordinator, 406-444-3161,, Relay Service: 711.