In early to mid 2021, districts across the nation and the state of Georgia were required to develop public plans for the spending of billions of dollars in K-12 pandemic recovery funding. Since the publication of those plans, no detailed collection, tracking, or sharing of district-level spending of these historic funds has occurred, which means parents, families, and other school stakeholders have no ability to evaluate a district’s progress to their state recovery goals.
In particular, districts were required to dedicate a minimum of 20% of their recovery dollars to address learning loss by accelerating learning and increasing instructional time. Without detailed spending data, it is impossible to identify schools and districts exceeding or lagging behind this goal. We urge you to use this site and tool to understand the pace of spending within your district and to advocate for clearer, better reporting so schools can be supported and held accountable for meeting student and family needs throughout pandemic recovery.
PANDEMIC RELIEF TOTAL
Funding was distributed to schools and districts in three rounds – through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) I-III – and each contain some specifics on how the money could be spent by schools, districts, and state education agencies, as well as individual spending and reporting deadlines. For more information on each round of ESSER funding, visit the Overview page.
ROUND 1 (ESSER I) TOTAL RECEIVED
ESSER I funding was allocated on March 27, 2020 via the CARES Act and represented the first round of federal school aid meant to help officials navigate emerging health and safety protocols, reopen schools, and acquire technology and personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to keep students learning.
ROUND 2 (ESSER II) TOTAL RECEIVED
ESSER II funding was allocated on December 27, 2020 via the CRRSA Act and was aimed at helping schools and districts after prolonged and unexpected closures, while empowering school systems with the resources to begin addressing widespread learning loss, increased student and teacher mental health concerns, and climbing absenteeism.
ROUND 3 (ESSER III) TOTAL RECEIVED
ESSER III funding was allocated on March 21, 2021 as part of the American Rescue Plan and represents the largest of the three rounds of federal school recovery funding. Ninety percent (90%) of the funds were distributed directly to schools and districts, with 10% reserved for state education agencies. Federal guidance urged districts to dedicate at least 20% of their funding to address learning loss.
Find Your School District's COVID Spending Plans
How to Use this Tracker
Use the search function below by typing in your district’s name in the box. Click your district’s name to see its tracker page.