American Rescue Plan Act

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides roughly $123 billion for K-12 education through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III), and requires states to set aside 5% of those funds and districts to set aside 20% of those funds to address learning loss through evidence-based interventions that respond to students’ academic and social and emotional needs. The act also allocates an additional 1% each of those funds specifically for summer learning and afterschool, or about $1.25 billion each.​​

To help districts and states make decisions about spending as well as about how to implement programs, Wallace has summarized the evidence on outcomes and i​mplementation guidance from our work in four short briefs on afterschool coordination systems, principal leadership, social and emotional learning, and summer learning. Each includes a hyperlinked bibliography of relevant research.