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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If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss the matter further, please contact me, Carolyn Chaudry, or the Scarinci Hollenbeck attorney with whom you work, at 201-896-4100.