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Use stimulus funding to drive transformation.

Learn about ESSER I, II, and III funding (or CARES, CRRSA, and ARP), and how to use these funds to help with learning recovery and acceleration. Districts have significant flexibility in how to use the ESSER money, with ESSER II and III specifying that some of the funds should be used to address unfinished learning.

Given the enormous influx of resources flowing into K-12, now is the time to drive important, sustainable change in your district. All Amplify programs and services meet the criteria for the funding, and our early literacy suite can be particularly helpful in driving reading growth in grades K-5.

Where to start: Watch our stimulus funding overview.

Julia Gonzales, vice president of government relations at Amplify, walks you through what you need to know about federal stimulus funding.

Five fast facts

Here are the essential facts you need to know about the latest stimulus funding, also known as ESSER III or the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

  1. A large amount of money is coming to schools and districts. ESSER III  provides more money to K–12 education than any other stimulus bill: $122 billion. These funds come on top of the $67 billion from ESSER I and II. 
  2. Schools and districts have a lot of leeway in how to use the money. ESSER III funds may be used to propel your vision of teaching and learning post-pandemic, so try to think about both short-term needs and your longer term ambitions for the district.
  3. At least 20 percent must be used to address unfinished learning. For example, schools and districts can use the funding to bolster the strength of in-school core instruction, differentiated practice, and intervention, as well as for summer learning, after school, and extended day activities. 
  4. The money is available soon. Schools and districts can access ESSER III funds beginning May 24, 2021, and the money may be used through September 30, 2024. 
  5. If you’ve already applied for ESSER I (CARES) funding, it’s okay. Just keep this in mind: The U.S. DOE recommends that districts use remaining ESSER I funds before accessing ESSER II and stimulus funds, because the deadline for ESSER I money comes first.

 

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Find out how much funding is coming your way.

Use this tool from Whiteboard Advisors to search by state and district to see approximately how much money is coming to your region.

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Amplify is an allowable expense.

See how spending categories for ESSER III (ARP), ESSER II (CRRSA), and ESSER I (CARES) specifically align with Amplify programs and trainings. Download our chart of allowable uses.

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Amplify programs align to stimulus priorities.

Amplify can help accelerate literacy learning for all students with an early literacy suite that includes Amplify CKLA, Amplify Reading, mCLASS®, and mCLASS Intervention, as well as professional learning and coaching. Each of our research-based literacy programs can be added to an existing literacy system at a district, and they can also be used all together as an integrated suite.

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Timelines for funding

Curious how long federal stimulus funds are available? See our chart with funding details, including timelines and deadlines.

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ESSER I (CARES) ESSER II (CRRSA) ESSER III (ARP)
Signed into law March 2020 December 2020 March 2021
Total education funds $30.7 billion $82 billion $170 billion
Total K-12 funds $13.2 billion $54 billion $122 billion
Funding availability
Funds can be used for costs dating from March 13, 2020.
March 13, 2020–

September 30, 2022

March 13, 2020–

September 30, 2023

March 13, 2020–

September 30, 2024

 

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