Welcome To Special Projects, State & Federal Programs

  • The Department of Special Projects, State & Federal Programs provides services that coordinate research, develop targeted processes, and analyze information to ensure that the State and Federal laws and regulations are fully implemented.  The supplemental funds are appropriately allocated to maximize services and resources to support highest needs students and families. We are dedicated to increasing our organization effectiveness by establishing, coordinating, and improving the systems of accountability throughout the District for the continuous improvement of the academic and operational services that support teaching and learning in the Pasadena Unified Unified School District.

  • ESSER III: Select the link below:

    In response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the U.S. Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021. This federal stimulus funding is the third act of federal relief in response to COVID-19, following the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27, 2020, and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act) signed into law on December 27, 2020. This resulted in the third apportion of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) federal funds. 

    The ARP Act requires local educational agencies (Districts) that receive ESSER III funds to complete both 

    • a Safe Return to In-person Instruction and Continuity of Services plan, and 
    • an Expenditure Plan for how ESSER III funds will be used to address students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs, as well as the opportunity gaps that existed before, and were exacerbated by, the COVID-19 pandemic.

     Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) 2021-2022: Select the link below:

    Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Template - AB 86 - CA Dept of Education

    AB86 was passed on March 5, 2021. This legislation created the Extended Learning Opportune (ELO) grant which apportioned funds to school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education based on the number of homeless students served and the proportional share of LCFF funding received by each of the local educational agencies. 



  • Robert Hernandez, Ed. D. 
    Director, Planning, Innovation, Accountability, & Special Projects
    (626) 396-3600 ext. 88479

    April Armendariz
    Administrative Assistant
    (626) 396-3600 ext. 88474

    Alvin Nash
    (626) 396-3600 ext. 88477  

    Angela Child
    Junior Accountant
    (626) 396-3600 ext. 88478

    Allison Steppes, Ed. D.
    Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator
    (626) 396-3600 ext. 88476