Indiana’s Department of Education has announced more money for school districts.
The funds represent part of the second round of federal stimulus dollars, and the school allocations for Indiana public and non-public schools add up to more than $881 million. The plans include a major boost to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, and Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools.
“This CARES 2.0 federal funding offers the opportunity to focus on addressing the educational needs exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “As we all continue to navigate these challenges, it will be critical to better understand and take actions to mitigate the learning loss resulting from COVID-19, as well as capitalize on any opportunities for growth that have come to light as a result of this challenge.”
These funds include:
- Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)
Planning allocations for Indiana’s public schools – the largest part of ESSER funding – total $799.37 million. These schools will submit their allowable expenses incurred from March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2023, and then will be eligible for reimbursement. More information on the use of these funds – designed to tackle learning loss and achieve operational efficiencies – is available here.
- Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS)
Non-public schools’ planning allocations total $81.66 million, which can be used to fund services and support for these schools. These funds prioritize schools that enroll low-income students and are most impacted by the pandemic. More information on allowable activities and uses is available here.
These planning allocations are preliminary and will be finalized in the coming months based on the Title I formula.
The second federal stimulus package (CARES 2.0/ CRRSA) also includes more than $115 million in discretionary funding available to the state, as well as $327.78 million available for higher education.