Policy & Funding
4 States Get Approval for Remaining American Rescue Plan Funds
The United States Department of Education (ED) has approved school
plans from four states for the use of American Rescue Plan ESSER
funds, distributing about $1.84 billion in remaining funds.
Each plan included details on how the states using ARP ESSER funds
to "safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and
equitably expand opportunity for students who need it most,
particularly those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic."
New approvals, announced Monday, include:
North Carolina, which received the remaining $1.2 billion of
its total $3.6 billion total allocation;
Nevada, which received the remaining $358 million of its
approximately $1 billion in total funding;
Idaho, which received the remaining $146 million of its $440
million total; and
Maine, which is receiving the final $137 million of its $411
ED distributed about two-thirds of ARP ESSER funds earlier this
year and is now working with remaining states to distribute the rest.
According to ED: "A total of 49 states, and the District of
Columbia, have submitted their ARP ESSER state plans to the
Department. The Department is reviewing the plans expeditiously and
is in contact with states to ensure their plans meet all necessary
requirements in order to access the remaining funds, as outlined in
About the Author
David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 29-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.
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