Arizona Education Association

Fall 2021

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COVID-19 RELIEF 10 ADVOCATE | FALL 2021 W e have an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the future of public education with the huge investment in public schools under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Learn more about these critical school rescue funds and how you can determine their use in your district. e American Rescue Plan (ARP), enacted on March 11, will deliver $122 billion in aid to states and school districts to help safely and sustainably reopen school buildings and bridge the learning gaps stemming from the pandemic. e total allocation for Arizona schools is $2.3 billion. Two-thirds of this money was to be received in March and the remaining one-third will be received when the state submits a plan that complies with the federal requirements. Many states are in the process of draing plans, which mandates stakeholder input including educators, their unions, civil rights organizations, students, and families. AEA has created several resources intended to help local associations understand how the funds will be distributed and navigate the appropriate and optimal ways to ensure that the voice of educators remains at the table as plans are made to utilize these resources. School Rescue Funds Ninety percent of ARP funds must be distributed to local education agencies within 60 days of receipt. Of these funds, at least 20% must be used to address pandemic-associated learning gaps through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive aer-school programs, or extended school year programs. ese interventions must address students' academic, social, and emotional needs and the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on the COVID-19 Relief Funding MAKE IT COUNT

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