Office of Superintendent Kathy Hoffman
For Immediate Release
March 11, 2021
Contact: Morgan Dick
Superintendent Hoffman Praises Passage of American Rescue Plan
PHOENIX – Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman expressed her gratitude to Arizona’s congressional delegation who supported the passage of the American Rescue Plan. This infusion of federal funding is a major milestone in the recovery of Arizona’s schools and families. With nearly $2.6 billion dollars for K-12 education, the Arizona Department of Education will allocate 90% of those funds directly to public schools.
“The latest round of federal relief and recovery dollars comes at a time of high need for Arizona’s schools and families as many prepare for a return to some degree of in-person learning. From teaching and learning to providing critical wrap-around supports, over the past year, every Arizonan has seen just how essential our schools are to our communities,” said Superintendent Hoffman. “I am grateful to the members of Arizona’s delegation who supported the American Rescue Plan, their advocacy and their votes are essential to our recovery as a state.”
As outlined in the legislation, nearly $600 million of Arizona’s K-12 allocation will focus on determining what learning has occurred and how schools can combat learning loss. Equally as important for Arizona families are recovery dollars to support childcare assistance, health care, including mental health supports, unemployment, and narrowing the digital divide. Every student and their family have faced a unique set of challenges over the past year related to their education or otherwise. The American Rescue Plan is another essential building block in the road to recovery.