The Department of Education (DOE) released its much anticipated application for the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund (ESSER Fund) as prescribed by the CARES Act today. State Education Agencies may now apply for this funding. The press release can be found here. There is no requirement for districts to apply to the federal government for this money.
Texas will receive approximately $1.285 billion in total with approximately $1.157 billion of that amount to local districts directly and in proportion to what they received under Title I, Part A. TEA may reserve up to ten percent of the total funds. At this time, the Agency has not given an indication on how this money may be spent. We are hopeful that more information will be forthcoming. Districts should remain in close contact with the Agency as it distributes these funds and ensure all applicable guidelines are followed.