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Emergency Relief Funding

As part of the federal American Rescue Plan, CPS was allocated $1.8 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funding, or ESSER III.

ESSER III is the third major federal grant to school districts for COVID-19 response and recovery, after ESSER I, authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), and ESSER II, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).

Over the next several years, ESSER III will provide essential resources to support schools in addressing the varying needs arising from and exacerbated by the pandemic. This includes the district’s two-year, $525 million Moving Forward Together initiative, which exceeds the grant requirement that at least 20 percent of the funding directly address unfinished learning.

Overview and Framework

Review our current plan for use of funds over the multi-year period, as shaped by feedback from a variety of stakeholders, including those who participated in the School Funding Forums held in February 2021.

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Overview and Framework

Review our current plan for use of funds over the multi-year period, as shaped by feedback from a variety of stakeholders, including those who participated in the School Funding Forums held in February 2021.

View Framework

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Public Comment

CPS remains committed to engaging with school leaders, teachers, students, parents, and other community members and being responsive to their input around the use of ESSER III dollars. To that end, we invite you to review our current plan and share your thoughts with us through our comment form below. The form will remain open until September 30, 2021.

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ESSER III Overview and Framework August 27, 2021 - September 30, 2021 Closed for Comments