July 9, 2021
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law on March 11, 2021. The rescue package provided $122 billion of the total $1.9 trillion, to support the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. The fund provided state and local education agencies funding to support safe school reopening and address the impact of the pandemic on our nation’s students.
States are permitted to reserve up to 10 percent of the ARP ESSER funds at the state level, and must, at a minimum, reserve at least seven percent of the total allocated to each state, directly or through grants or contracts, for evidence-based programs and interventions that respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on the student subgroups described in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (economically disadvantaged students, students from major racial and ethnic groups, children with disabilities, and English learners), students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care:
State education agencies were required to put forth a plan to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) by June 7, 2021, if practicable. The Hunt Institute has been tracking how states are deciding to allocate these dollars.
The Power BI tool below shows two views of ARP ESSER plans and allocations:
This tool will be updated on an ongoing basis as plans are submitted, posted, or revised. Detailed summaries of each state’s proposed activities will be added soon.