Arizona school districts’ allocations from third round of ESSER funding announced – Community Impact Newspaper

Arizona schools are receiving $2.5 billion in ESSER III federal relief funds to address the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy Fotolia)

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By Tom Blodgett | | Updated

The Arizona Department of Education announced May 24 how much money school districts and charter schools will receive in a third round of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding.

The state is receiving $2.5 billion in funding as authorized through the American Rescue Plan that Congress passed in March. Like the first two rounds of funding, the use of the money is meant to be flexible for local decisions on what is needed to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, with ESSER III, 20% of the money is required to be set aside to address learning loss through the pandemic, such as through summer school or tutoring efforts.

Local awards include:

  • Chandler USD: $30.66 million

  • Gilbert Public Schools: $22 million

  • Higley USD: $7.87 million

The districts still must apply to receive the grants.