Federal Relief for NJ School Districts Now Available to State Dept. of Education

On April 23, 2020, Federal Relief was made available to New Jersey School Districts...

Federal Relief for NJ School Districts Now Available to State Dept. of Education

Federal Relief for NJ School Districts Now Available to State Dept. of Education

On April 23, 2020, Federal Relief was made available to New Jersey School Districts<b>...</b>

Author: Carolyn R. Chaudry|April 24, 2020

On April 23, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos announced New Jersey’s allocation of funds as relief approved through the CARES Act P.L. No. 116-136 and the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund (ESSER Fund). 

New Jersey was allocated a total of $310,371,213.00. Ninety percent (90%) will be disbursed to local school districts totaling $279,334,092.00 in aid.  Each local school district is to receive the relief in proportion to the amount of FY 2019 funds the school district received under Title I, Part A of the ESSE Act. The remainder will be allocated to the State for education relief purposes and administration.

Relief funds are to be used to support continued learning for K-12 students whose educations have been disrupted and to address immediate needs, such as tools and resources for distance education, ensuring student health and safety, and developing and implementing plans for the next school year.

DeVos encourages local education leaders "to focus on investing in the technology, distance learning resources, training, and long-term planning that will help education continue for both teachers and students."

New Jersey, like all other states, has until July 1, 2020, to apply for ESSER funds by submitting a signed Certification and Agreement form to the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education intends to process each submitted form within three business days of receipt.

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Carolyn R. Chaudry

Carolyn R. Chaudry is a seasoned education attorney with significant experience in the areas of special education and labor and employment law/negotiations. Through her special education practice, Ms. Chaudry represents school boards at Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) meetings, mediations, compliance investigations, and other administrative and legal proceedings associated with this complex area of the law. She has also been involved with HIB proceedings in the State of New Jersey, including by conducting in-service workshops on topics such as New Jersey Anti-Bullying law and student discipline.

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