American Rescue Plan School Relief Funds

Fall 2022 Update

In the fall of 2022, New Hampshire published a financial transparency tool to show how school districts have used their COVID relief funds.   Although opportunities for advocacy around how these funds will be spent have mostly passed, we have updated each district’s page (found below) with a brief summary of what we found during the week of November 17th, 2022. Please note that the tool is updated weekly and we encourage you to use the transparency tool if you require current numbers.

Spring 2022

NH school districts are receiving over $315 million in federal ARP ESSER funding to address the impacts of COVID-19.  We  looked to see if school districts are distributing their funding in an equitable manner to assist the students who need it the most, including students with disabilities.

We found that:

  • Even though the state has developed a tracking tool to show how funds have been utilized in each school district, up-to-date information about how districts are spending their funds to specifically support students with disabilities, and other vulnerable students, continues to be difficult to locate.
  • Districts are not making meaningful efforts to engage with the public as required by the grant.
  • Few district plans appear to distribute funding in an equitable manner to assist students who need it most, including students with disabilities.

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Click below to review our district-by-district findings and access our templates so you can reach out to your district.

Previous Related Efforts

Back in August, each school district had to submit a plan for spending these funds to the NH Department of Education. In order to ensure that districts distributed this funding in an equitable manner and in a way that assisted students with disabilities and others who were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, we submitted a list of recommendations to every district in the state.

In our recommendations, we asked school districts to consider how the school might address issues like: the social and emotional needs of children with disabilities and other at-risk students, the educational needs of students with IEPs who were unable to meet their goals or who missed out on supports and services, the transition goals of children with disabilities and how to make sure these children are involved and supported in creating and implementing meaningful and achievable transition plans, and the staffing levels at school and whether additional staff or staff training would be helpful to support students with disabilities.

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