CCSSO Statement on Anniversary of COVID Relief Funds

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Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2022) – The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Chief Executive Officer Carissa Moffat Miller released the following statement marking two years of the coronavirus pandemic.

“As we mark the two-year anniversary of the declaration of the COVID-19 national emergency, we remember the lives lost, honor the heroism of essential workers and reflect on the sacrifices made. We at CCSSO particularly want to highlight the dedication of America’s educators – teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, superintendents and others – who ensured students stayed connected to learning throughout the many changes COVID-19 required of our schools.      

We also mark this week the one-year anniversary of passage of the American Rescue Plan, the last in a series of relief funding packages that gave a cumulative $200 billion to K-12 education. State education leaders are committed to using this funding efficiently and effectively to support all students throughout their academic recovery.

States have used this funding for a variety of purposes, both to address immediate needs and to create a more equitable education system in the future. Across the country, these funds have been used for recruiting, retaining and supporting excellent educators of diverse backgrounds; offering tutoring programs; ensuring access to and teacher training in the use of high-quality curriculum; and supporting student mental health and wellbeing.    

CCSSO is proud to support state chiefs as they continue the vital work of overseeing learning recovery, supporting student mental health and wellbeing, and offering equitable educational opportunities for all students.”

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.


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