President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Act on March 12.
The third round of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) funding, ESSER III totals 126 billion dollars for K-12 education. The U.S. Department of Education is awarding these grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are LEAs, with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.
These federal dollars are being made available to each school district and may be used, in 15 types of spending as allowable uses of ESSER funds, the first of which is “any activity authorized by the ESEA of 1965 and other federal education laws.” This means that if funding an activity is authorized under any well-rounded education program. Schools in our state and across the nation have been able to access ESSER funds for some of the following:
We need to be assertive about asking school boards and superintendents to include the arts in this funding!
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) ESSER Funding Toolkit can be an excellent source for additional information.
Learn more about federal ESSER Emergency Response Grants available 2021-2024 for education: https://oese.ed.gov/offices/education-stabilization-fund/elementary-secondary-school-emergency-relief-fund/
The FMEA Corporate and Academic Partners presented an interactive Zoom meeting open to all FMEA members regarding ESSER Funding opportunities for music education in Florida: all about ESSER, how funds are allocated, what you can use funds for, and what you should do now to become involved in the process.
Featuring leading experts in music education funding:
Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for NAMM
CEO of Quadrant Research
Director of Public Policy, Research and Professional Development for NAfME
Chairman of FMEA's Florida Corporate and Academic Partner committee