EducationCounsel’s Summary of USED State Plan Template for ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund

Published April 29, 2021
by Sean Worley

On April 21, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) published the state plan template for State Educational Agencies (SEAs) to complete in order to receive the final tranche of funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER).  Previously, on March 24, the Department made available the first two-thirds of ARP ESSER funding (approximately $81 billion) for SEAs based on an array of assurances, including submission of future plans as required by USED. To receive the final third of ARP ESSER funding (approximately $41 billion), SEAs must submit their state plans by June 7, 2021, which provides SEAs slightly more than six weeks to complete their plans.