Select Page

U.S. Ed. Dept. publishes new FAQs on use of ESSER and GEER funds for student transportation

The U.S. Department of Education recently published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that provides information and answers questions about the allowable uses of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund and Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds by state education agencies (SEAs), such as the DPI, and local education agencies (LEAs), such school districts, for transportation.

The FAQ document includes information on the uses of these funds to “address the current regional and national challenges with hiring and retaining a sufficient number of school bus drivers.”  The new FAQs are intended to supplement the transportation-related questions included in the earlier ESSER and GEER Use of Funds Guidance published in May of this year.

USED’s Office for Civil Rights Seeks Public Input on Civil Rights Data Collection for 2021-22 School Year

Last Thursday (11/18), the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has submitted to the Federal Register for public comment a proposed Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) Information Collection Request package for the 2021–22 school year.

From the OCR:

“The package describes key civil rights data OCR intends to collect from the nation’s public schools and districts. OCR plans to introduce new data categories, such as those relating to students’ educational experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and restore key data categories from previous collections. (more…)

$1.2 Trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill clears U.S. House, heads to President’s desk

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 228-206 on Friday to pass a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which now heads to President Biden, who has indicated he will sign the bill into law “soon.”

Thirteen 13 Republican House members and all but six House Democrats voted in favor of passage of the bill.  The U.S. Senate had passed the bill by a 69-30 margin back in August. (more…)

Second Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Application Window to Open Soon

Next week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will open a second Emergency Connectivity Fund Program application filing window for schools and libraries to request funding for connected devices (e.g., laptops and tablets) and broadband connections (e.g., WiFi hotspots) for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons for the current 2021-22 school year. The second application filing window will open next Tuesday, September 28, 2021 and close on October 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. (more…)

President lays out plan to combat COVID resurgence, including vaccination mandates

Speaking from the White House, President Biden yesterday announced a set of sweeping mandates he intends to impose as part of an “action plan” to combat the resurgent COVID pandemic triggered by a surge in the delta variant. Those mandates would require millions of Americans to be vaccinated against COVID. 

The President also called on states to voluntarily adopt COVID vaccine requirements for all school employees. (more…)

Emergency Connectivity Fund update–second funding window to open soon

From the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) …

In view of outstanding demand and the recent spike in coronavirus cases, the FCC announced in a press release today that they will open a second application filing window for schools and libraries to request funding from the roughly $2 billion in program funds remaining for connected devices and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons for the current 2021-22 school year (more…)