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Joint Comments on US Department of Education’s Proposed ESSER Data Collection

All4Ed joined eight other education and civil rights organizations to send recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to strengthen and improve its proposed state-level data collection for federal COVID relief funds. Through three separate relief packages, Congress provided nearly $190 billion in Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, targeted toward the highest-need school districts.

All4Ed and our partners, including the Center for American Progress, Education Reform Now, National Center for Learning Disabilities, National Urban League, SchoolHouse Connection, Teach Plus, The Education Trust, and UnidosUS, called on ED to use the ESSER Funds Data Collection to ensure that states and districts are effectively serving students who have been historically underserved and who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, including students living in poverty, students with disabilities, students learning English, students experiencing homelessness, those in the foster care system, students who are incarcerated, undocumented students, Black and Brown students, Native students, Asian students, and students who identify as LGBTQ. Read our recommendations below.