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K12 Funding Reference Guide

This document provides schools identifiable funding uses for Knowledge Matters online career-based simulations for K-12 schools.

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ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund) Includes three bills — CARES, CRRSA, and ARP

The U.S. Government has set aside over $190 billion in stimulus funding for schools in the form of federal COVID-19 relief funds.

The CARES Act (The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act)

$13.2 billion allocated to K-12 education nationwide. The date to expend these funds has been extended to September 30, 2022.

CRRSA Act (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act)

$54 billion in ESSER funds nationwide for K-12 education. Funds need to be expended by September 30, 2023.

ARP Act (American Rescue Plan Act)

$126 billion in ESSER funds to be distributed nationwide to K-12 education. Funds need to be expended by September 30, 2024.

Knowledge Matters identifiable uses:

  • Distance/Remote Learning (software)
  • Supplemental Learning
  • Summer Enrichment
  • After School Programs
  • College, Career and Future Readiness Needs
  • Career Development

ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)

ESSA represents the national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

Knowledge Matters identifiable uses:

Title I:

Provides supplemental funding to help schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families provide high-quality education.

  • Computer software to support student instruction
  • Summer school programs
  • College and career readiness
  • Vocational and technical education and career counseling

Title IV, Part A:

  • Improve the use of technology to improve academic achievement and digital literacy

Title IV, Part B:

  • Enrichment opportunities
  • Digital curriculum

Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)

This Act amended the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (Perkins IV) Act of 2006. This bill reauthorizes through FY2024 the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 – a federal investment in career and technical education (CTE), career exploration and comprehensive guidance and academic counseling.

Knowledge Matters identifiable uses:

  • (55) WORK-BASED LEARNING.—The term ‘work-based learning’ means sustained interactions with industry or community professionals in real workplace settings, to the extent practicable, or simulated environments at an educational institution that foster in-depth, firsthand engagement with the tasks required in a given career field, that are aligned to curriculum and instruction.”
  • (vi) support effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, and employers to provide students with experience in, and understanding of, all aspects of an industry, which may include work-based learning such as internships, mentorships, simulated work environments, and other hands-on or inquiry-based learning activities
  • (C) facilitate work-based learning opportunities (including internships, externships, and simulated work environments) into programs of study;
  • (E) a continuum of work-based learning opportunities, including simulated work environments (i) supporting the development and enhancement of innovative delivery models for career and technical education related work-based learning, including school-based simulated work sites, mentoring, work site visits, job shadowing, project-based learning, and skills-based and paid internships

EANS (Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools)

The American Rescue Plan provides 2.75 billion for non-public schools to address the impact of the COVID-19 emergency and is available through September 30, 2023.

Knowledge Matters identifiable uses:

  • Education technology
  • Assistance for remote or hybrid learning