By Jacob Williams | July, 2021
Data suggests the COVID-19 pandemic has affected classrooms across the nation unevenly. In response, the U.S. Department of Education is approving state use of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to help schools cope with the impact of the pandemic and accelerate the effort to reopen safely. This will trigger the release of funds to local education agencies (LEAs), which will then have 90 days to submit their plans for use of the money.
It is no small task for districts to devise a plan that ensures the actions they take are locally relevant, effective, and efficient. To assist LEAs, the Region 17 Comprehensive Center has designed a tool to help school district teams engage in meaningful and productive conversations about how federal ARP Act funds can be used to address students’ academic, social, and emotional needs in the wake of the pandemic. Read more.