American Rescue Plan (ESSER III)
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. This law provides additional relief to States, including $122B for K-12 Education to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students. Of the total amount awarded to LEAs, each LEA must reserve at least 20 percent of funds to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and ensure that those interventions respond to students’ social, emotional, and academic needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups. Remaining funds may be used on a wide range of activities to address needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic.
ARP ESSER State Plan Draft
Under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, Idaho will receive $439,942,041 for K-12 public education. States are required to write a plan describing, among other things, the current education needs within the state, the intended uses of ARP ESSER funds, and the plans for supporting LEAs in expending ARP ESSER funds. States received a plan template April 21, 2021 and must submit the completed plan to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) by June 7, 2021.
Superintendent Ybarra’s staff have been working with stakeholders to develop a working draft of the plan that will be posted through June 1, 2021. Even though this timeline is very tight, stakeholder and public input is critical. Your voice is important. We look forward to hearing from you!