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Federal COVID education funding set to expire [Video]

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds will expire on September 30, putting many programs started during the pandemic in jeopardy.

Funding was passed down from the federal government to the states in three rounds, with this final round, ARP ESSER, set to end on September 30 of this year.

As of March, when the ESSER funding dashboard was last updated, $901 million of the $2 billion allotted to South Carolina through ESSER went unspent.

Money was used to create new positions in schools to intervene with kids behind on learning standards, and even building renovations, says President of the South Carolina Education Association Sherry East.

“One on one tutoring that went on across the state with that money,” says East. “We also saw some building repairs that needed to be done. We saw some, you know, facilities situations that were brought to light during COVID. Maybe there were not air conditioners working or HVAC systems …

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