Learn More About Oregon's ESSER III State Plan

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Oregon Department of Education - Oregon achieves - together

Dear Superintendents and Business Managers,

As you know, on March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. The ARP Act includes nearly $122 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Fund.

The Oregon Department of Education was allocated $1.121 billion. The ARP ESSER Plan to be submitted by ODE on June 7 is built around three main priorities, which reflect strong and consistent themes we have heard from community and school partners.

  1. Address unfinished learning as part of a responsive system, grounded in equity, meeting students where they are and accelerating their learning by building on strengths and addressing needs. 
  2. Prioritize health, safety, wellness, and connection for all communities. 
  3. Strengthen high-quality, culturally-sustaining and revitalizing instruction, leadership, and programming.

90% ($1,008,925,861) of these funds are allocated directly to Districts using the Title I formula. You are invited to attend a meeting to learn more about the federal requirements of ESSER III under the ARP Act; the application ODE submitted to the U.S. Department of Education; hear results from community engagement efforts thus far; receive a template slide deck and community letter provided to use in your school communities; and discuss questions that you might have about the assurance process districts will have to complete to access funds. Here is the Zoom link to register:

When: Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 3:30 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We look forward to engaging with you in order to ensure our students and school communities benefit from this funding opportunity. Thank you for all that you continue to do for Oregon’s students and families. 

Colt Gill, Oregon Department of Education Director