Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Fund
In June 2021, the TEA approved Waco ISD's application to receive its share of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds from the American Rescue Plan. This is the third law providing funding as a response to the pandemic, the ARP is also referred to as ARP ESSER III or ESSER III. Over the next three years, Waco ISD plans to use $49.9 million in funds to provide academic support to help close learning gaps that emerged during the pandemic, social-emotional support to meet mental health needs, and support for a culture of literacy. Waco ISD's ESSER III Plan can be found on the left side navigation menu (desktop view) or on the drop-down menu above (mobile view).
TEA has released two-thirds of the total allocation to Texas School Districts. The remaining one-third will be made available upon the USDE’s approval of the states spending plan.
Current Allocation (2/3): $33,287,678
Remaining Allocation (1/3): $16,643,839
Waco ISD Total Allocation: $49,931,517
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (ESSER II) Fund
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, 2021, was signed into law on December 27, 2020, and provided an additional $54.3 billion to public schools for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) Fund. Waco ISD plans to use these funds to increase teacher retention, close the learning gap due to the pandemic by providing students with additional interventions/accelerated instruction, improve literacy, purchase additional technology, provide student enrichment opportunities, and additional mental health/behavior support.
Waco ISD Total Allocation: $22,232,714