Funding Opportunities – Louisiana Edition
With the recent passage of the $2 trillion American Rescue Plan, Louisiana’s K-12 schools are poised to receive $2.6 billion in assistance, far and away the largest of the three COVID-19-related relief acts (CARES Act, CRRSA) that together are bringing more than $4 billion in additional funding for education to districts across the state.
ESSER, ESSER II & ARP ESSER
- Brolly assists in the COVID-19 response for special education teachers and service providers, who have seen their service model disrupted by the current pandemic.
- With the app, providers can document and share both virtual and in-person services, service attempts, attendance and student progress.
- The data gathered and presented through Brolly can be vital to determining the scope of learning loss for special education students, one of the hardest-hit groups during the pandemic, and documenting all attempts to serve students in all phases of school closure and reopening.
- The service provision data created and maintained within Brolly can bolster the required detailed district and state accounting and reporting of the use of ESSER, ESSER II and ARP ESSER funds, with a focus on how the State is using funds to measure and address learning loss among students disproportionately affected by the coronavirus and school closures, including children with disabilities. Streamlining progress and service data gives providers more time to deliver targeted, high quality intervention to students with the most need.
Louisiana Funding Notes
As they plan for ESSER funding, Louisiana schools are encouraged by the LDOE to consider multi-year budgets in alignment with the priorities and focus areas outlined in Believe to Achieve: Louisiana’s Educational Priorities, mapping out how they will support their schools in meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of their students through the fall of 2024. Among the priorities is the charge to remove barriers and create equitable, inclusive learning experiences for all hildren, a direct result of proven, evidence-based strategies for diverse learners implemented and tracked via the Brolly app.