Last week the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) issued an interim final rule further outlining expectations for school districts in distributing federal CARES Act funds for equitable services to private schools. In response, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is expected to provide further direction to school districts. 

The USDE's Interim Final Rule, which was issued on June 25, 2020 and becomes effective immediately, outlines how school districts must calculate the emergency funds. The new rule is a change from guidance on equitable services under the CARES Act issued on April 30. In that guidance, the USDE advised districts to calculate the funds that must be reserved to provide equitable services to all private school students based on enrollment data in a district. 

For more information about the final rule, see the July 1 Special Legislative Report.

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