Ed Dept. releases $81 billion in American Rescue Plan funding

The funds will be available immediately. See how much each state will receive to get students back to in-person learning. The Biden administration also announced a summer learning partnership.
By: | March 24, 2021
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The Biden administration is making $81 billion of the $122 billion ARP ESSER funds immediately available to states as part of its efforts to return students to in-person learning.

President Biden made the announcement during the National Safe School Reopening Summit on March 24. “Getting our kids safely back in schools is essential,” Biden said. “And I’m really proud to announce that starting today, states will begin receiving nearly $130 billion in school funding that we included in the American Rescue Plan. In fact, $81 billion will be arriving today to those schools, so I need states to move quickly to get these resources down to the school districts and put them to work.”

“Help is here for schools to purchase PPE, hire additional personnel like nurses, counselors, custodial staff, improve ventilation and sanitation, avoid devastating layoffs, and give students extra support,” Biden said.

The newly available funding is intended to get students “back in the classroom safely for in-person learning, keep schools open once students are back, and address the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students,” according to an Education Department press release.

The announcement starts the clock on a requirement in the American Rescue Plan Act that states must make ARP ESSER allocations to local educational agencies in an “expedited and timely manner and, to the extent practicable, not later than 60 days after the receipt of such funds.” ARP Act Section 2001(d)(2).

ED said it will make the remaining $41 billion in ARP ESSER funding available once states submit plans that detail how they will use the funds to “safely reopen schools and meet the needs of students.”

“I continue to hear from students and educators across the country who are eager to get back to in-person learning, and these resources will help schools not only reopen safely but also to support students who were falling behind even before the pandemic,” said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. “As states and schools use American Rescue Plan funds to reopen their doors, the Department of Education is committed to helping them build successful programs that will reach students most in need this spring, summer, and into the fall.”

Summer learning and support

Cardona announced a new partnership between ED, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the National Governors Association to support expanded learning opportunities over the summer.

The Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative will “help states use ARP funding to develop high-quality summer learning and enrichment programs for all students, with a focus on addressing the needs of student groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19.”

The collaborative, to launch in April, will work to engage stakeholders in scaling and sustaining programs that provide evidence-based strategies for summer learning and enrichment programs. $1.2 billion in ARP ESSER funds are targeted toward summer learning and enrichment programs, and SEAs and LEAs have the option to use additional funding to implement and support such programs.

This is the “opportunity to reimagine education — to hit the reset button,” Cardona said during the summit.

Cardona also announced he will visit LEAs this spring to observe school operations and assist them in their efforts to reopen or remain open. Cardona will then share his experiences with other SEAs, LEAs, and the White House.

State-by-state ARP ESSER allocations available March 24

The U.S. Education Department announced March 24 that $81 billion of the $122 billion ARP ESSER Fund would be immediately available for states to access. Following is a state-by-state breakdown of the funds that are available as of March 24 and the total ARP ESSER allocation to be provided to states.

Availability
of ARP ESSER allocations, by state

State

ARP ESSER
Fund allocation

(available March 24, 2021)

Total ARP
ESSER Fund allocation

Alabama

$1,346,713,644

$2,020,070,466

Alaska

$239,138,089

$358,707,134

Arizona

$1,721,399,131

$2,582,098,697

Arkansas

$835,485,222

$1,253,227,833

California

$10,045,923,031

$15,068,884,546

Colorado

$777,552,421

$1,166,328,632

Connecticut

$737,279,916

$1,105,919,874

Delaware

$273,822,643

$410,733,965

District of Columbia

$257,544,769

$386,317,154

Florida

$4,692,164,292

$7,038,246,438

Georgia

$2,832,914,163

$4,249,371,244

Hawaii

$274,885,843

$412,328,764

Idaho

$293,294,694

$439,942,041

Illinois

$3,369,992,036

$5,054,988,054

Indiana

$1,329,822,704

$1,994,734,056

Iowa

$516,344,144

$774,516,216

Kansas

$553,723,455

$830,585,182

Kentucky

$1,389,848,771

$2,084,773,157

Louisiana

$1,736,975,550

$2,605,463,325

Maine

$274,202,188

$411,303,282

Maryland

$1,300,757,868

$1,951,136,802

Massachusetts

$1,220,085,382

$1,830,128,073

Michigan

$2,479,888,752

$3,719,833,128

Minnesota

$880,430,601

$1,320,645,901

Mississippi

$1,084,798,569

$1,627,197,854

Missouri

$1,304,352,810

$1,956,529,215

Montana

$254,679,491

$382,019,236

Nebraska

$363,939,079

$545,908,619

Nevada

$714,665,595

$1,071,998,392

New Hampshire

$233,667,755

$350,501,633

New Jersey

$1,843,058,469

$2,764,587,703

New Mexico

$652,704,171

$979,056,256

New York

$5,992,520,557

$8,988,780,836

North Carolina

$2,399,461,137

$3,599,191,706

North Dakota

$203,511,253

$305,266,879

Ohio

$2,981,378,065

$4,472,067,097

Oklahoma

$995,721,713

$1,493,582,570

Oregon

$747,352,489

$1,121,028,734

Pennsylvania

$3,331,302,101

$4,996,953,151

Puerto Rico

$1,977,292,507

$2,965,938,760

Rhode Island

$276,677,073

$415,015,610

South Carolina

$1,408,034,325

$2,112,051,487

South Dakota

$254,679,491

$382,019,236

Tennessee

$1,658,425,387

$2,487,638,081

Texas

$8,279,059,186

$12,418,588,778

Utah

$410,350,713

$615,526,070

Vermont

$190,109,425

$285,164,138

Virginia

$1,406,327,167

$2,109,490,751

Washington

$1,235,000,714

$1,852,501,071

West Virginia

$507,611,952

$761,417,928

Wisconsin

$1,027,189,903

$1,540,784,854

Wyoming

$202,472,927

$303,709,391

Totals

$81,316,533,333

$121,974,800,000

Source:
U.S. Education Department.

 

–Charles Hendrix covers education funding and other Title I issues for LRP Publications.