American Rescue Plan: Education

Overview 

The American Rescue Plan provides for more than $125 billion for K-12 education, including more than $1.825 billion for WA state under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fundwhich can be used to help reopen schools safely, address learning loss, support high-quality afterschool and summer enrichment programs, and acquire education technology. Details are below. 

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Education Relief in the American Rescue Plan 
The American Rescue Plan includes over $125 billion nationally in public K-12 funding, to help schools reopen safely for in-person instruction as quickly as possible and address students’ longer-term needs by providing schools with the resources need to implement important public health measures, address learning loss that has compounded longstanding inequities in our education system, and provide support to children with disabilities through increased funding for programs authorized under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act 

Estimates of Education Investments in Washington State in the American Rescue Plan 

  • Washington state will receive an estimated $2.614 billion investment in education in the American Rescue Plan. 

  • Washington state Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) allocation: $1.852 billion 
         - 5% State reservation to address learning loss: $92.625 million 
         - 1% State reservation to fund evidence-based summer enrichment programs: $18.525
           million
     
         - 1% State reservation to fund evidence-based comprehensive afterschool programs:
           $18.525 million
         - 2.5% State reservation for other state activities: $46.313 million, of which no more than
           $9.263 million may be spent on ESSER administration
         - At least 90% of ESSER state allocation must be subgranted to WA school districts: $1.667
           billion. 
    School districts are required to use at least 20% of their ESSER subgrants to
           address learning loss: $333.45 million