Education Funding Available for Governors to Address COVID-19

Last week, the Department of Education released the application for the $3 billion available from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. See funds available to each state here. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27, includes flexible funding that can be used for several purposes, including serving students with disabilities. The package provides $13.5 billion to state departments of education for K-12 education to be spent over the next 18 months and gives governors $3 billion to use at their discretion to assist K-12 and higher education as they deal with the effects of the pandemic. Advocates are encouraged to reach out to their governors to direct as much funding as possible to meeting the needs of students with disabilities in their state.

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