The federal Department of Education has provided three rounds of Covid-19 relief funds to K-12 schools in the form of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER Funds). The first round provided roughly $13.2 billion to allow schools to purchase the necessary PPE as well as devices for students. The second round of funding (ESSER II fund), passed in December 2020, includes $54.3 billion in relief, with a minimum of 90% required to go directly to local school districts. The American Rescue Plan ESSER funds (ARP ESSER or ESSER III) totaled $122.8 billion.
This is an historic and unprecedented level of funding for schools. Allocations are based on Title I funding levels but even schools who do not receive Title I funds received funds. The total allocation averages out to $3700 per student! To make sense of all this funding, the team at Budget Challenge has put together this interactive map to show district level allocations as they are published by the individual states. As allocations are published. we will continue to update our map. If you would like to use Budget Challenge but haven't secured funding, please know that Budget Challenge is a 100% allowable expense for ESSER funds. Many districts are still learning about ESSER and most do not have clear processes in place. You will want to be both patient and persistent and may need to do some educating of your administration to use these funds. The first step is to log in or register and request a quote today for your school.