What Information Must Schools, States Provide About How They Used CARES Act Funds?

What Information Must Schools, States Provide About How They Used CARES Act Funds?

April 26, 2020

A recent blog post outlines the information that states and districts receiving emergency coronavirus relief funding must report. Within 60 days of receiving funding, state education departments must “tell the U.S. Department of Education their budgets for their ‘reserve’ of the money,” including “dollar-by-dollar details about how this reserve gets used” to address issues related to COVID-19. Districts should expect to provide states with information regarding how it “plans to use the money in the context of its plans to address virus-related challenges.” Like ESSA, the CARES Act requires districts to offer disadvantaged private school students “the same services that their counterparts in public schools get,” so non-public schools are also included on the applications for CARES Act funding.