The American Rescue Plan: What You Need to Know

Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a topic on everyone’s mind. And with good reason. The $1.9 trillion in new federal investment has the potential to cut poverty in half, according to some experts’ predictions, and it provides huge supports to schools. Recognizing the historic potential and magnitude of this influx of federal support and the work ahead, Collaborative Communications will be curating and sharing media coverage about the ARP on an ongoing basis.

To get you up to speed, here are several sources that provide a high-level understanding of the Act’s key provisions:

  • The White House’s own overview highlights the Biden Administration’s objectives for how the Act could help individuals in different occupations and family situations, and also includes a link to a more detailed description here.

Additionally, here are recent news stories and opinion pieces we’ve been reading that we think you’ll find of interest:

  • Education Week created a helpful video explainer featuring Mr. Ujifusa, who is the co-author of Education Week’s Politics K-12 blog. In this 5-minute clip, he shares his perspective on what the American Rescue Plan means for schools, including timelines, requirements, and what it means for getting and keeping schools open. (4/5/21)

We hope you find this informative, and we look forward to sharing more stories and background in the weeks and months to come. Please reach out to us and let us know if there are particular topics you want more information on or would like to read about!

We welcome your suggestions of insightful content about the American Rescue Plan. Share your favorite reads by emailing Vice President Meg Sommerfeld at sommerfeld@collaborativecommunications.com.