Secretary Cardona Issues Letter on How to Address Educator Shortages with ARP Funds
This week, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued a letter to schools and districts citing the serious teacher and staffing shortages nationwide. In the letter, Cardona recommends how to use American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) funding to produce short and long-term solutions to the shortages.
He specifically notes that pre-existing shortages in special education have been exacerbated by the pandemic, and that shortages disproportionately impact underserved students, including students with disabilities.
To rectify this issue, he recommends using ARP funds to increase educator and staff compensation, build and maintain a pipeline of high-quality substitute teachers, support educator and staff well-being, and make investments in future educators.
The letter also includes examples of states that are successfully using their ARP funds to ensure access to and retention of qualified educators and staff.