Public comment accepted through May 24

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking public input in the development of the plan for the use of $8.99-billion in federal funds allocated to New York State under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund.

These federal funds will assist New York State’s Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and NYSED, as the State Educational Agency, to help safely reopen and sustain the operation of schools in the current academic year and beyond and address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on New York State’s students by addressing students’ academic, social-emotional, and mental health needs.

In preparation for the next school year, what are the most important academic, social-emotional and/or mental health supports for schools to provide to students impacted by the pandemic?

Thoughts and opinions can be submitted here through May 24.

Next week we will release more information about opportunities to provide feedback on the City School District of Albany's American Rescue Plan funds.