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California schools are receiving much-needed financial relief via the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund in the amount of $396.3 million (ESSER I), $1.6 billion (ESSER II) and $15 billion (ESSER III).

As local education agencies make their plans to leverage ESSER funding to provide instruction and support services for their schools, many questions have arisen regarding allowable uses of these funds.

To help your LEA understand and comply with allowable uses, we’ve partnered with the California Department of Education (CDE) to present the next webinar in our series. Join CDE Government Affairs Division Director Elly Garner and her team as they discuss:

  • Allowable activities and expenditures;
  • Expenditure and obligation deadlines, application timelines, and reporting requirements; and
  • ESSER III Application for Funds.

Listen in as Bob Canavan, principal of Federal Management Strategies, and Kevin Gordon, president and partner of Capitol Advisors Group, LLC, as they discuss the federal update and resources to help guide how ESSER funds can be used for instruction and support services including:

  • Federal guidance on use of funding and requirements,
  • Best practices for expending ESSER funds, and
  • The latest news from the federal government.

 

 

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Listen in as San Bernardino County Supt. of Schools Director of Human Resources Violet Gutierrez, San Diego County Office of Education Senior Director of Charter Schools Kristin Armatis and Shasta Charter Academy Chief Business Officer Matthew Wahlman discuss these issues, with a focus on track placement and verified data components that directly affect data-driven decision-making.

Listen in as School Services of California, Inc., President and CEO John Gray and Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team CEO Michael Fine discuss:
  • Revised proposals from the Governor’s January budget;
  • Fiscal projections and the state economy; and
  • In-person instruction and expanded learning opportunities.

Long Beach USD Assistant Director of Fiscal Services Sara Slater, Splice Senior Program Manager Casino Fajardo and Long Beach USD Business Services Administrator Alan Reising discuss:

  • Facilities master plans, maintenance planning and sustainability efforts; and
  • The importance of advocacy and involving executive-level personnel in your planning, including:
    • Tying current approaches to your local control accountability plan; and
    • Making the best use of CARES Act funds.

Merced COE Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Janet Riley and Napa COE Deputy Superintendent of Business Services Josh Schultz share their perspectives on:

  • Best practices in budgeting,
  • Considerations for technology security and school facility modifications, and
  • Lessons learned in the distance-learning environment.

CPUC Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves and CDE Education Programs Consultant Geoff Belleau discuss:

• How to access affordable internet services and programs for families and students,

• How to connect with CPUC’s Adoption Call centers for technical assistance, and

• The vision for long-term broadband infrastructure for schools and students.

Sandra Rodriguez, Ed.D., assistant superintendent for student services, and Colleen Williams, director of student wellness and support services, illustrate the value of SEL systems for education leaders and share real-world examples and best practices.

EdSource staff writer John Fensterwald examine last week’s election results and discuss the future of public education, as well as:

  • Future COVID-19 relief and recovery packages,
  • The outcome of the top state initiatives, and
  • Implications for the 2021-22 state budget.

CDE Government Affairs Division Director Elly Garner and her team discuss:

  • The allocation of federal funds and the expending timeframe,
  • The eligible use of these federal funds, and
  • Overcoming the strict expending deadline.