Education Reform Now Report Highlights Connecticut’s Commitment to Educational Equity in the Planning for and Investment of ARP ESSER funds
(HARTFORD, CT) – Connecticut’s State Plan for use of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds has been ranked among the top in the nation for educational equity.
Among the 50 states and District of Columbia, only seven states were granted the top “green light” status, including Connecticut. The recently published Education Reform Now report “Driving Towards Equity: American Rescue Plan state plan analysis” examined all ARP ESSER state plans for evidence of five qualities: commitment to data and transparency; state-level stakeholder engagement; targeted, evidence-based statewide investments; funding equity protections; and guardrails and supports for strong district plans. In its state-specific report, Connecticut earned a green light in three of the categories.