May funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund, be used to support tutoring?

Yes, funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act; the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSA) and from the American Rescue Plan (ARP), each provide funding for ESSER.  This program provides States and local educational agencies broad flexibility in the use of funds to address the impact of COVID0-19, including the ability to provide tutoring to students. ​Under the ARP Act, as described below,  both SEAs and LEAs must use a portion of the funding they receive to carry out evidence-based strategies for addressing students’ learning loss. Tutoring could well be an important way in which states and districts meet that requirement.

This fact sheet provides an overview and describes how funding should be used.

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