USDOE Posts Frequently Asked Questions About ESSER Fund

USDOE Posts Frequently Asked Questions About ESSER Fund

The U.S. Department of Education has posted the guidance for state education agencies and school districts, titled “Frequently Asked Questions about the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund).”

According to the Department, this “document seeks to answer questions that are not easily understood from a plain reading of Section 18003 and other parts of the CARES Act or the ESSER Fund Certification and Agreement (C&A). It was developed in direct response to questions that the Department has received from SEA and LEA grant administrators implementing the ESSER Fund program.”

This FAQ guidance is posted here: oese.ed.gov/files/2020/05/….

Please note that the guidance includes a technical appendix (beginning on page 7) that outlines how subgrants to school districts /charter schools are to be calculated. The areas addressed by this guidance include supplement not supplant (question 20), eligibility of local education agencies (question 12), and flexibility for school districts regarding the use of ESSER funds (question 15). Relevant to question 20, this guidance states that the “program does contain a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirement [to be explained in a separate set of Frequently Asked Questions], which is designed to keep States from substantially reducing their support for K-12 education.” The guidance does not include any new information about equitable services to students who are enrolled in private schools.

 

 

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