Lincoln Public Schools has the opportunity to make an application to the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) for funding through the American Rescue Plan’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, passed by Congress in March 2021. More commonly known as ESSER III, this funding is provided to State educational agencies and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Nation’s students. LPS has engaged groups and individuals representing multiple stakeholders in the development of this plan.
LPS has been allocated $61.5 million to support its efforts to safely maintain the operation of school and address the learning needs of students through September 30, 2024.
LPS proposes to invest funding in strategies that will provide learning acceleration to all students at all levels. Specialized strategies will also be implemented that are targeted to key subgroups of students, including low-income children, children with disabilities, English learners, and racial and ethnic minorities. Data on student achievement from the past two school years has been collected and used to determine priorities.
Over the past year, LPS received three authorizations under Federal Relief Funding and planned use for the funding was detailed in the February 23 Board meeting. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER I) provided aid to reopen and operate school during the pandemic, including remote learning for the 2020-21 school year. ESSER II provided aid to focus on learning acceleration through the summer, while also providing interventions and supports.
For more information, please view this presentation from the February 23, 2021 Lincoln Board of Education Meeting: