Stipulations say how money is to be allocated

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on March 18 announced more than $2.6 billion in investments in K-12 and higher education for Washington state in the American Rescue Plan, as well as more than $635 million in relief to support quality, affordable child care in the state.

“I want to get our kids back to the classroom safely and as quickly as possible,” Murray said. “The American Rescue Plan will help get this done by making sure schools can secure adequate PPE, reduce class sizes to increase social distancing, improve ventilation, address learning loss, and more.”

She said the American Rescue Plan marks a historic shift in how the country approaches child care. “As more than 700 child care providers in Washington state have closed because of the pandemic, this legislation will save hundreds of thousands of providers who serve millions of children from closure — and help almost one million families across the country afford quality child care.”

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.

It also provides nearly $40 billion nationally to institutions of higher education, split roughly evenly between students for emergency financial aid and flexible assistance to help colleges defray lost revenue and absorb increased costs.

And the law includes $40 billion nationally in child care funds to support child care providers and prevent further closures, and keep child care workers — most of whom are women — in their jobs.

Of the $2.6 billion, more than 70%, $1.852 billion, must go into the Washington state Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund with these stipulations:

  •      At least 90% of ESSER state allocation, $1.667 billion, must be subgranted to Washington school districts.
  •    In turn, school districts must use at least 20% of their ESSER subgrants, $333.45 million, to address learning loss.
  •    5% of state reservation, $92.625 million, must also address learning loss. 
  •    $18.525 million  must fund evidence-based summer enrichment programs.
  •    $18.525 million  must fund evidence-based comprehensive after-school programs 
  •    $43.708 million will go to Washington state Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools.
  •    $655.429 million goes to the Washington state Higher Education Emergency Relief funds.
  •    $62.614 million goes to Washington state Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funding.