The latest appropriation of federal stimulus funds for education will be used in Georgia public schools to address lost learning opportunities, remove barriers to learning, and personalize supports for students, schools, and educators, according to a plan adopted by the U.S. Department of Education late last week. This round of stimulus funding under the American Rescue Plan (ARP – ESSER) brings an additional $1.4 billion to support K-12 schools in the state following the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Georgia Department of Education, 90 percent ($3,827,188,522) will be allocated directly to school districts by the state. A total of $425,243,169 will be used to address statewide needs, as required by the federal legislation. Under federal law, school districts are required to spend 20 percent of their ARP funds to address learning loss. The state is also required to use 5 percent of its funds to address learning loss, 1 percent to support summer enrichment, and 1 percent to support afterschool programs.
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