The American Rescue Plan includes nearly $170 billion in dedicated public education funding.
That money can be used to reduce class sizes and modify spaces to comply with social distancing; modernize HVAC systems; hire more school custodians, nurses and counselors; and facilitate social distancing on transportation services with additional buses and drivers.
The funding can also be used to add supports to address student trauma and learning loss.
“We have an unprecedented opportunity to create the public schools all students — Black and White, Native and newcomer, Hispanic and Asian alike — need and deserve. Our work is not over.”
Becky Pringle, NEA President
MAE is working with lawmakers and other elected officials, as well as with members, to determine the best use of these funds.
Sanchioni Butler is serving as Mississippi Association of Educators ARPA organizer. Email her at [email protected] for questions or concerns about your school's grant funding.
We intend to make sure there is a state-wide report available on how ARPA funds are being spent. Educators deserve to know.