Arizona’s American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Plan Approved
Dear school leaders and stakeholders,
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is excited to share that the U.S. Department of Education announced the approval of Arizona’s American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) plan and will begin distributing the remaining $862 million of our ARP ESSER funds to us.
Today’s approval will ensure funds are available to ADE and local school districts to support and maintain in-person instructions safely. We’re proud that our plan details how we’ve been using and plan to use ARP ESSER funds to sustain the safe operation of schools and equitably expand opportunities for students who need it most, particularly those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This plan would not have been possible without the educators, administrators, school leaders, and education professionals who provided their feedback and vision for the use of ARP ESSER funds by participating in our Equitable and Effective Schools Taskforce. Additionally, many of our ADE program areas worked tirelessly to formulate the ideas of the Taskforce into the cohesive plan that was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education.
As we prepare to invest the remaining discretionary dollars available to ADE, we will communicate the process for applying for and the requirements attached to these funds. LEA’s will not need to reapply for ARP ESSER (ESSER III)  allocations they have previously been awarded. For a complete list of ADE’s federal recovery dollar investments, please see our ADE Projects page.
To view today’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Education, click here.