Plans for Using American Rescue Plan Funds
State and school district/local educational agency (LEAs) plans for using ARP ESSER funds are an important resource for public transparency into the use of ARP ESSER funds. The Department encourages all stakeholders, including parents, families, and educators, to review their State and school district/LEA plans and to contact State and LEA officials to learn more.
What Families and Communities Need to Know: Within 2 weeks of signing the ARP, the Department distributed $81,316,533,333.00 of ARP ESSER funds to States, two-thirds of each State’s total funding. In order to receive their remaining funding, the ARP required States to submit and the Department to approve a plan for how the State would use ARP ESSER funds to safely reopen and provide academic and mental health supports for school communities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The ARP also required States to provide a way for families and communities to view their individual districts’ plans. As of the end of 2021, the Department approved all State plans and distributed all ARP ESSER funds to the States. Using this map, you can find your State and local school district’s plans for using ARP ESSER funds.
Engaging with State and Local Leaders: The ARP required both States and school districts/LEAs to engage families, educators, representatives of students with disabilities, and a broad range of other stakeholders as they created these plans. The publication of a plan, however, should not be the end of this engagement, as school districts/LEAs are expected to adjust their plans based on the needs of students. If your State does not have your school district/LEA’s plan listed, please directly contact your school district/LEA or use the school district’s Website to locate the plan. All school districts/LEAs are required to post their plans, and all States are responsible for ensuring that all school district/LEA plans are posted on the State educational agency Website.
Parents, families, educators, and communities have a deep understanding of the needs of their students. If you have questions or concerns about how your State or school district/LEA plans to use its ARP ESSER funds, the Department encourages you to engage with your local school district/LEA. While the Department is using its full authority to oversee and monitor the effective use of these funds, the voices of local communities are critical to ensuring that funds are used to address the specific needs of students in your community.