Relief Funding By School District
How much Federal relief funding is your district getting?
Michigan is receiving a historic $6 billion in Federal COVID relief funding for education to help schools that have struggled through the pandemic.
Much of this funding is being passed onto local school districts. Find your district below to see how much is available in your community.
What is this funding?
As part of the overall effort to provide funds to our communities, our federal government allocated funds to our schools. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds are a gamechanger for our schools and offer an opportunity to reset our districts funding priorities.
ESSER funds are distributed from the federal government and the state legislature allocates the funds to districts and school boards create budgets around these funds. ESSER-I is fully available to schools. However, portions of ESSER-II and ESSER-III still need to be approved through the legislative process.
How can the federal relief dollars help my school?
We have the opportunity to build back our schools better than ever, and shape them into what our community needs. Together, children, parents, and educators will continue to recover and cope with the unprecedented crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
These Federal funds can be life-changing for Michigan students and families.
The ESSER funding categories include:
- Title 1 funding support
- COVID-19 responses
- Support for principals and school leaders
- Activities for at-risk students
- Improvements to LEA
- Training to minimize spread of disease
- Cleaning supplies
- Planning for closures
- Educational technology
- Mental health supports
- Summer learning
- Other activities necessary to maintain school districts
- Learning loss (added to ESSER-II and ESSER-III requires 20% of funds to be allocated to this category)
- School facility improvements (added to ESSER-II & ESSER-III)
When can these funds be spent?
ESSER funds can be spent during these time frames:
- ESSER-I (1.65 Billion): March 13, 2020 to September 30, 2021
- ESSER-II (389 Million): March 13, 2020 to September 30, 2022
- ESSER-III (3.7 Billion): March 13, 2020 to September 30, 2023
Get involved with school budgeting
There is a formal budget hearing in June each year. Additionally throughout the school year, there are public school board meetings where budgeting and spending proposals are considered. All of these meetings have public comment and it’s up to all of us to raise our voice during school board meetings.
Michigan’s public schools have been sabotaged by years of underfunding
Research tells us that we need to spend about $4 billion more each year in order to educate every student fully and fairly.
Prioritizing Community Input
Beyond full and fair funding, students, teachers, family members and other caregivers need to have a voice in how funding is used to transform our schools. In the past year, we’ve held listening sessions and conducted surveys to find out what communities really think about what schools need to help students succeed.
We’re just getting started. We have to be ready to push back against those who are seeking to undermine Michigan’s public schools for their own agenda and profits.