Introduction and Background
President Biden signed the Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, Public Law 117-2, into law. The ARP Act provides an additional $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) to States and school districts to help safely reopen, sustain the safe operation of schools, and address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s students. The State of Texas received over $12,000,000,000 for public education, including over $11,000,000,000 directly to Local Education Agencies (school districts). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) awarded Southwest Preparatory School with the total amount of $2,899,408.
As with the previous ESSER funds available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), the purpose of the additional funding is to support local educational agencies (LEAs) in preparing for and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on educators, students, and families. For more information, please visit TEA’s ARP ESSER III Grant Program, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance, and the ESSER comparison document.