March 16th Updated JLBC Report On The Federal American Rescue Plan
The Joint Legislative Budget Committee has completed an update on their report on the American Rescue Plan.
The JLBC estimate is that the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief [ESSER] funding provisions in the bill would still provide $2.6 billion for Arizona with $2.3 billion [90%] going to districts and charters and $465 million [20%] of these dollars must be reserved to address learning loss.
The monies remain available through September 30, 2024.
Also, additional funding is available for summer enrichment and afterschool programs for children that are disadvantaged/fostered/homeless.
In addition, $143 million will be going to the Arizona Commerce Authority to provide funding to schools and libraries for connected devices, internet service, and equipment.
For the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund [ESSERF] the state must maintain FY 2022 and FY 2023 spending levels on both K-12 and higher education at the proportionate level of state spending on those categories averaged from FY 2017, FY 2018, and FY 2019.
The JLBC is reviewing whether they expect the state to meet this requirement when K-12 and higher education are combined.
You can review the updated JLBC report at https://www.azleg.gov/jlbc/Americanrescueplanact031621.pdf