Prolonged shutdown could affect CNMI public schools

8:59 pm on 15 January 2019

Officials have warned that public schools in the Northern Marianas could be affected by the US government shutdown if it extends to March.

Tim Thornburg from the Public School System said that for now the PSS was financially capable of weathering the shutdown as federal education grants were forward-funded.

Mr Thornburg said that student loans and other payments were used to forward-fund state education agencies after US Congress appropriated them.

He also said the US Department of Education was one of only two departments in the federal government that made money.

However he said if the shutdown persisted through March, the local system would take a blow.

About half of Public School System budget for fiscal year 2018 consists of federal grants and money.

PSS was appropriated $US41.8 million for fiscal year 2019.

It had pitched an expenditure report of $55 million for their operations.