US Education Department Provides Updates on K-12 American Rescue Plan Funding


Earlier this week, the US Education Department released the applications states will use to describe their plans to spend funding provided in the American Rescue Plan. The plans relate to the $120B+ in federal aid to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on students.

The reports submitted by each state will be roadmaps for how the state intends to spend its funding. Study these applications to align your strategies appropriately and select which states and districts to target. Technology is explicitly called out by the US Education Department's guidance on ESSER spending.

Purchasing education technology (including hardware, software, connectivity, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment) for students that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors

TLDR Synopsis

  • 2/3 of ESSER funding was distributed last month

  • The remaining 1/3 of funding will be distributed when spending plans are approved

  • States are directed to engage with all stakeholders - SEAs, LEAs, parents, students, etc. - in formulating their plan

  • Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will also be required to develop their own plans for ARP ESSER funding

  • Plans must demonstrate how spending will address the needs of students impacted by the pandemic

  • ARP ESSER State Plans must be submitted by June 7, 2021