The American Rescue Plan Requires Learning Loss to be a Major Focus for Stimulus Funds
Congress has spoken and the American Rescue Plan is now law. There is an urgent concern from federal policymakers on how to address the year of learning loss and provide supports to ensure students are on track for their grade level in the fall. Local education agencies (LEAs) are required to spend at least 20% ($22 Billion) of their stimulus to address learning loss through evidence-based interventions that respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs while also allowing funds to be used for summer learning, and supplemental after-school programs.
Not only are the LEAs required to spend some of their funds on this critical issue, but there are requirements for the state education agencies (SEAs) as well. SEAs must use 5% to address learning loss and 1% ($6.1 Billion) for summer enrichment programs.
It is a critical time to find the right partner for providing high quality effective programming to help students prepare for in-person learning.