Feds Sign Off on Last Wave of ESSR School Funds

The final installment of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds, part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), have been approved and distributed nationwide.

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSR) funding was a major component of the federal rescue legislation, and its delivery marks federal approval of a wave of state and local plans for its deployment.

Details on the program, its allocation, and distribution, are available on the US Department of Education website.

From coverage on EdWeek (limited free views available):

The U.S. Department of Education approved the first wave of states’ K-12 relief plans to spend the remaining portions of the American Rescue Plan’s $122 billion Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, known as ESSER. And, alongside officials from the White House, Education Department officials detailed promising practices for how states plan to use that money, an unprecedented influx of aid with a broad range of allowable uses.

“What’s most important is that each of these states is working hard to effectively and thoughtfully welcome their students back in the fall,” Deputy Education Secretary Cindy Marten said in a press call with reporters in advance of the announcement.

For more details, see the EdWeek article online.

MACo’s Summer Conference, August 18-21, 2021 in Ocean City, MD will focus on a number of pandemic response and recovery topics, but will feature a forum on ARPA funding. Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 21, 2021, 9:00 am – 10:00 am for “American Recovery Plan Put to Action.”

Read about this and many other sessions being offered at MACo’s Summer Conference


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Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties