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March 23, 2021

2021 Education Budget, Part 1: Federal - American Rescue Plan

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The American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress earlier this month includes additional monies for Georgia with a large portion of funds directed towards education. Here are just a few standout funding line items coming to Georgia:

Early Childhood Education & Family Supports

  • Temporarily expanded child tax credit for families including higher amounts for young children and families through the end of 2021
  • Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit increases substantially
  • Increased Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) supports
  • Increased funding for the Child Care & Development Block Grant which funds a significant portion of child care programs in Georgia including Child & Parent Services (CAPS)
  • Continues child care stabilization grants to support child care providers, most of whom are small business owners in Georgia
  • Governor’s discretionary funds for the education of significantly impacted students
  • Expanded Paycheck Protection Program loans which now includes some non-profit businesses

K-12 Schools

  • Additional funds for COVID-19 mitigation expenses such as HVAC, reduced class sizes, personal protective equipment and more
  • Increased funding for students with disabilities
  • Governor’s discretionary funds for the education of significantly impacted students
  • Maintenance support – ensuring that education funding levels do not reduce sharply from Georgia’s previous three years of education budgeting
  • Additional funding for the federal Emergency Connectivity Fund which pays for internet connectivity in schools and libraries
  • Additional funding for after-school and summer education programs

Higher Education

  • COVID-19 mitigation expenses similar to K-12
  • Governor’s discretionary spending for the education of significantly impacted students
  • Maintenance support – ensuring that education funding levels do not reduce sharply from Georgia’s previous three years of education budgeting
  • Removes taxes on student loan forgiveness options from 2020 through 2026

Thank you to Voices for Georgia’s Children for a helpful breakdown of the Act!

In the next edition we’ll look at the 2022 state budget currently under consideration by the Georgia General Assembly.

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