MSCS Recognized for ESSER in Action Campaign Implementation and Initiatives

ESSER in Action at Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS) has grasped the attention of education leaders across the U.S. The implementation of our federal funding is featured in the latest edition of Urban Educator, a national newsletter by the Council of Great City Schools. As the District reimagines education, schools, and communities, we have begun solidifying approximately $503 million of our COVID-19 relief dollars, as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP). MSCS is utilizing research-based strategies over the next 3-5 years to address equitable academic opportunities and learning gaps.

 “As we’re Reimagining 901, we’re committed to investing every penny of ARP funds to accelerate learning,” said Superintendent Dr. Joris M. Ray. "We recognize that one-time funding is not an elixir to addressing the historic inequities in public education. We’re putting these federal dollars to use by maximizing our return on supporting schools and improving student outcomes.” 

The publication recognized MSCS for using the relief funding to provide technology and tutoring sessions to children before, during and after the school day. Furthermore, the District invested $5 million to install filtered water bottle filling stations, removing 99.3% of lead from drinking water. Funds are also being used to hire specialized education assistants in the classroom to support teachers and help keep students engaged.

Additionally, MSCS has been recognized by the state of Tennessee as a Best For All district, which also highlights school districts for the utilization of ESSER funding on proven, research-based strategies to raise student academic achievement. 

For more information on how MSCS is using ESSER funds, click here.

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