Education: How Georgia public schools’ $3.8 billion in federal stimulus funds will be shared locally. Also: Help for school nurse programs.

Education: How Georgia public schools’ $3.8 billion in federal stimulus funds will be shared locally. Also: Help for school nurse programs.

Georgia public schools will receive $3,824,434,000 in federal stimulus funds under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. The State Board of Education has approved State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ recommendation to begin allocating the funds to districts. (see breakout below).

 The federal legislation requires that school districts set aside at least 20 percent of the funds they receive to address student learning loss. The remaining funds are flexible and can be used to support at-risk student populations, distance/remote learning, school meals, mental and physical health, supplemental learning and addressing learning loss, facilities and equipment, continuity of core staff and services, and more.

This is the third round of federal stimulus funding Georgia schools have received, following CARES 1 allocations in May 2020 and CARES 2 allocations in January 2021.Like CARES 2 funds, these funds do not have an equitable services provision requiring districts to make funding available to private/independent schools within their geographic area. Instead, Congress provided a separate allocation for private/independent schools, called the Emergency Assistance for Non-public Schools (EANS). Private schools can apply for EANS at gadoe.org/EANS.

The ARP funds are allocated based on a district’s proportionate share of Title I funding – for example, if a school district received 2% of Georgia’s overall share of Title I funding in Fiscal Year 2021, they will receive 2% of the ARP allocation. This funding formula is required by federal law and GaDOE does not have the authority to use a different method.

Also: The Georgia Department of Education is providing more than $5 million in state reserve funds from the CARES Act to help Georgia school districts expand nursing services.The funds – a total of $5,829,574 – will be provided to every school district and GNETS facility in the state, and can be used to fund additional school nursing personnel, supplies, telehealth services, and similar needs. School nurses are on the frontlines of several districts’ vaccination efforts.

The local shares are below; the second number is for school nurse programs:

  • Floyd County: $20,406,372.  The Floyd County Board of Education will discuss the American Rescue Plan funding for the school system at a called meeting at 8 a.m. Monday. / $19,603
  • Rome City: $20,940,849 / $15,000
  • Bartow County: $22,728,996 / $28,564
  • Cartersville City: $6,862,304 / $15,000
  • Gordon County: $12,974,258 / $15,000
  • Calhoun City: $7,547,749 / $15,000
  • Polk County: $19,802,257 / $16,526
  • Chattooga County: $6,982,597 / $15,000
  • Trion City: $1,400,670 / $15,000
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