KDE seeking input from diverse stakeholders on how to use its portion of federal relief funds

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking input from a diverse group of stakeholders as it develops plans for the use of its portion of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds.

KDE is gathering the input via an 8-question survey. The survey also is available in Spanish. The survey closes at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, May 7.

Groups from which KDE is soliciting input include students, families, teachers, principals, superintendents, school and district administrators and other school-level leaders and staff.

Input also is being sought from special education administrators, and stakeholders representing the interests of children with disabilities, English learners, children experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, migratory students and children who are incarcerated, along with other underserved students.

Civil rights organizations, disability rights organizations and education-related unions also are invited to complete the survey.  

The ARP ESSER program will provide more than $2 billion for Kentucky’s public schools, and KDE believes that seeking input from diverse stakeholders is essential in developing plans for the money. The goal is to create a plan that is responsive to the needs of students, families and educators.

The information gathered from the survey will be used to shape how KDE allocates its portion of ARP ESSER funds. Decisions regarding the local use of ARP ESSER funds are made by local boards of education.

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