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:

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!

Eliza Panike

Senior Associate

About Eliza

“The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.” ― Fred Rogers

Eliza has long understood that strong, vibrant communities are built by providing young people the tools and resources they need to succeed. For the last decade, she has built her career supporting government and non-profit organizations working to improve the lives of children and families. Most recently, she developed key messaging and content for delivering Common Sense Media’s ratings and reviews to parents and caregivers. Prior to that, she provided support to California’s First 5 system through program management, event planning, and public policy campaigns.

Eliza excels at project management and will be using her skills to create effective communications campaigns for her clients.

Born and raised in Northern California, Eliza currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in child development from San Francisco State University.

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