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U.S. Education Dept. announces official American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding allocations

by | Mar 17, 2021 | Federal Budget, Federal Issue, Legislative Update Blog, National Issue, State Budget, State Issue

Today (3/17) the U.S. Department of Education announced funding allocations from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) for all 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

The announcement includes a table outlining the individual funding amounts that will be distributed to each state.

These allocations are from the $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding 

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona provided the information to the top state school official in each state (e.g., state superintendent) in individual letters today. The Department will begin to make these funds available later this month. 

Today’s announcement coincides with another announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that it will provide $10 billion to states to support COVID-19 screening testing for K-12 teachers, staff, and students in schools.

Additionally, a report from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) detailing estimated state grants under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) approved as part or the ARP is now available.


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