The Cooper Independent School District is applying for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief II & III (ESSER II & III) Federal grant for funding. These federal funds were appropriated to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for public education purposes under the ARP Act through the ESSER II & III Fund.
ARP ESSER II & III Overview: The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2, was enacted on March 11, 2021. The ARP Act provides additional funding for school districts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Education portion of ARP is known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II & III or ARP ESSER) Fund.
General grant specifics are as follows:
Grant Timeframe: Grant expires September 30, 2023. If needed, districts can carry over unused funds and be allowed to continue spending until September 30, 2024. Districts will be required to follow all federal, state, and local regulations and requirements for federal grant administration and fiscal spending of funds.
The Cooper ISD has been allocated $787,008 for ESSER II and $1,767,509 for ESSER III to be expended over a 3-year period.