The past year has been a difficult one for American families and the nation’s schoolchildren. The good news is that schools are reopening and the federal and state governments are making an unprecedented amount of funds available to support teaching and learning. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress in 2020 and 2021 passed six measures designed to provide relief and economic stimulus funds to states and local communities. Three of the six measures, including the CARES Act and the recent American Rescue Plan Act, have significant K–12 funding for states and school districts. The monies—which total more than $200 billion—are designed to support school re-openings, provide public health services for the nation’s schools, and address learning recovery. • Eligibility: Federal stimulus funding is allocated to states, which in turn distributes the funds to school districts using the Title I, Part A formula. • Allowable Uses of Funds: School districts have broad discretion in how they spend the funds. Twenty percent of funds under the most recent stimulus package (American Rescue Plan Act) must be used to address learning loss through evidence-based interventions. Remaining funds can be expended on any allowable use authorized by the: · Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) · Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) · Perkins Career and Technical Education Act · Adult Education and Family Literacy Act • Additional allowable uses include public health, educational technology, addressing learning loss, summer programs, after-school programs, and activities to address the needs of English learners, low-income students, children with disabilities, and homeless students. For more information, visit Education Stabilization Fund MONEY MATTER$ DEMYSTIFY FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE LANGUAGE LEARNING COMMUNITY FEDERAL EDUCATION RELIEF & STIMULUS FUNDING