Utah now has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a school system that gives all of our children, no matter their zip code, race, or language, the opportunity to receive a top-tier education.
ARP was passed by the federal government in March 2021 with several initiatives for families including extended unemployment benefits, stimulus checks honoring mixed-status families, an increased child tax credit of $3,000-3,600 per child, and ESSER funding for schools.
ARP ESSER (ESSER III) is a $122 billion federal investment in schools to support the safe reopening and operations of schools as they address the vast impact of COVID-19 on students nationwide.
Of the $122 billion sent to states for ARP ESSER, Utah received $615 million to support students and schools. That’s enough for 7,000 school playgrounds, 512,000 laptops, or 12 million hours of tutoring!