Re: ESSER Funds
Posted by KHS America Develop Manger on 5/17/2021, 6:49 am, in reply to "ESSER Funds"
The ESSER Funds (Elementary & Secondary School Education Relief Fund" |
What is it?: It is part of the CARES Act Reform
March 2020: first relief Bill approved for $13.2 B
Dec. 2020: second relief Bill approved for $54.3B
Feb. 2021: the states received allocation proportions
March-June 2021: States allocate funds to school districts
March 11, 2021: third relief Bill approved $126B
Special Note: Notice the incremental increase each time and each school district may be rewarded an increment each time
First relief bill is pretty much history and allocated how the districts see fit.
Second relief: Now in action and states allocating money to districts
Many districts may not even be aware of such funding!
each relief bill is a 1 time funding/ "Use It or Lose It"
Who Is Eligible: Any public/Charter and Non-Profit k-12 school.
Confusion Arises: The formula allotments to the states are based on the Title 1 Formula and then the States allocate funds to the districts based on Title 1 formula. This is the Title 1 formula only; it does not mean it must be a Title 1 school system or school.
Use: There are 15 separate categories such as new instruments, cleaning and sanitization of instruments, facility improvement, instructional support, summer remediation, additional teaching staff and portables to make up for lost teaching time last year, to begin a new program in the system ie mariachi program, etc...
Why Care: These relief funds support education not just music. So what may appear to be everyday knowledge, do not assume admin has a clue. For example, the admin may see summer repair invoices but truly have no clue that that means; time to educate the educators, the people responsible for the budget and the school board. It is not the time to "assume"..it is time to educate! In addition, this is additional dollars and does not replace any dollars in a budget. And again, "Use it or Lose it". This is not an automatic distribution, you need to educate the budget people, the administration and the school board!
What to Do:
Relief Bill 1: Pretty much history!
Relief Bill 2: States are currently if not already completed allocating funding to school districts from March to June 2021.
Relief Bill 3: Although it is passed, it is not even in the picture at this point.
Big deal: ACT NOW!
Learn who controls the dollars in the district, get a better understanding how the system works, create "A Plan", educate those in the system (as principal, admin, budget personnel, school board, etc...Receive assistance from the musical instrument manufactures (as myself) or educational representatives from your local music store, Scott Lang with Be Part of Music, NAfME, NAMM, etc...so you have valid dollar amounts for new instruments and repair!
Two important themes for directors to consider:
1. Keeping kids safe and healthy
2. How to make up for the lost year and move forward
As this is funding for K-12, there is also funding avail for higher education and the collegiate level referred to as HEER funding.
Fore more detailed info concerning allotment for each state and each district, visit https://covid-relief-data.ed.gov
NOTHING IS OFF THE TABLE!
Scott Lang with Be Part of Music has created a spectacular tool or workbook which is a professional tool that all a director needs to do is spend 5 minutes to plug in numbers and this tool tells the story to provide the "Game Plan" to the principal, admin, budgetary personnel, School Board, etc...
Enjoy and good luck!