May 10, 2022

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New ASBO Survey Shows How ESSER Funds Are Helping Students

Ashburn, Va. – May 10, 2022 – A new report from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) provides insights into school district spending priorities, decisions, challenges, and success stories regarding federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) I, II, and III COVID-relief funds.

The report, “How Have School Districts Spent ESSER Funds So Far?” shares findings from ASBO’s February 2022 survey of U.S. school district finance leaders. School business professionals were asked to share enrollment and attendance trends during COVID-19; ESSER I, II, and III expenditures for various spending categories; top spending challenges; and other financial information. Responses were received from more than 150 school districts across 35 states.

“Policymakers and other stakeholders seek information about how districts are spending federal funds to accelerate student learning, address emerging mental health and social-emotional needs, and implement other COVID-19 school recovery strategies,” ASBO International Executive Director David Lewis says.

“As key financial decision makers in education, school business professionals are uniquely positioned to share their districts’ ESSER spending stories, some of which are highlighted in this report,” he says.

For a summary of survey findings, download ASBO International’s ESSER survey infographic.

Learn more about how districts are spending ESSER funds to support student needs in the full report at


About ASBO International
The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International provides programs, resources, services, and a global network to school business professionals who are the finance and operations decision makers in school systems. Our members manage school budgeting, purchasing, facility operations and maintenance, human resources, technology, transportation, food service, healthcare, and other areas of education administration and operations. ASBO International promotes the highest standards of school business management, professional growth, and the effective use of educational resources.