Valley Congressman, Tim Ryan is highlighting the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding brought to schools in Ohio's 13th Congressional District including some schools in the Mahoning Valley.

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funding allowed districts to reopen and remain open safely, make up for lost time in the classroom and ensure students received the support they needed to succeed.

These districts were able to purchase personal protective equipment, hire additional staff to reduce class sizes, adjust transportation options to avoid crowded buses and upgrade ventilation systems.

"As the husband of an elementary school teacher, I was proud to support this critical investment and will continue working to ensure our students and educators have the support they need to thrive in the classroom," Ryan said.

Schools in the Mahoning Valley that received ESSER Funding are as follows:

- Boardman Local School District ($9,765,763.68)

- Girard City School District ($3,807,831.73)

- Howland Local School District: ($3,439,759.41)

- Mahoning Valley Community School: ($420,132.85)

- Niles City School District: ($7,781,673.54)

- Warren City School District: ($30,541,680.71)

- Youngstown City School District: ($49,763,342.77)

Republican National Committee Spokesperson, Matt Fisher issued a statement accusing Ryan of "flip-flopping" on issues such as this. The statement reads as follows:

“Tim Ryan’s attempts to pull the wool over the eyes of Ohioans will fail as voters see him pander to the Squad and flip-flop on issues important to their families.”