The $15.3 billion that California is receiving from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is the last and biggest of three rounds of funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, totaling $26.4 billion, that Congress passed for K-12 schools to respond to the pandemic and the recession. Districts and charter schools primarily must use the money to address Covid-related learning and school reopening challenges. The database below shows how much money districts were allocated from:

  1. The March 27, 2020 CARES Act (Covid Aid I);
  2. The Dec. 27, 2020 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (Covid Aid II);
  3. The March 11, 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (Covid Aid III).

The CARES Act includes the $4.4 billion that Gov. Gavin Newsom chose to allocate to schools that could have been used for other purposes. The Covid Aid III column includes only the $13.5 billion that Congress directly distributed to districts through ARPA; Newsom controls the remaining 10%, which he is directing to Covid vaccination clinics and expanded learning grants to districts. The districts’ funding is based largely on Title I poverty data, which is why the per-student amounts vary widely.
To find data for a district or charter school, please type the name in the search box. Each column can also be sorted by clicking on the arrows.

Local Education Agency Total Relief Funding Relief Per Student Covid Aid I Covid Aid II Covid Aid III

* The relief per student figure is unavailable due to missing enrollment data.

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