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Biden offers help for schools to use American Rescue Plan funds on learning recovery

President Joe Biden on Tuesday called on school districts and states to invest American Rescue Plan funds in programs to make up for lost learning time, and announced federal initiatives to help them do so.

During his 2022 State of the Union address, Biden called on Americans to volunteer as tutors and mentors to help address the impact of missed instruction during the pandemic. To facilitate that, the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday launched the National Partnership for Student Success — a program that seeks to recruit 250,000 adult volunteers over the next three years to serve as tutors and mentors in schools.

The Department of Education also launched a new campaign Tuesday through the national Best Practices Clearinghouse, which will highlight successful evidence-based programs by states and schools to support learning recovery and student mental health. The department is calling on education leaders to nominate work through the clearinghouse that could serve as a model for other states and schools.

The department also updated the interactive map on the Best Practices Clearinghouse, where families can access information about state and local plans for American Rescue Plan funds.