Recovery Resources


Recovery Planning Guide

With a strong planning process, K-12 schools and higher education institutions can use the new federal education recovery funds to close gaps left by COVID-19 ─ and design education’s post-pandemic future. SREB created this framework to guide education leaders tasked with making rapid decisions as this federal funding flows to states, school districts and colleges.  


Publication April 20212 pages

Effective Summer Learning Programs for Elementary Students
Research Snapshot

Many districts and states are targeting summer break as the best opportunity to recover unfinished learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the federal COVID relief funds, schools can offer summer learning programs as they never have before. This research snapshot provides a summary of the most recent and relevant research on effective summer learning programs to help providers design programs that will benefit students the most.


Publication April 20216 pages

Federal Education Stimulus Funds
A Summary of the Three Rounds of Funding

The federal government provided three rounds of education recovery funding  in the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (March 2020); the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (December 2020); and the American Rescue Plan (March 2021). This document provides a summary of the ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund), HEER (Higher Education Emergency Relief fund) and GEER (Governor’s Education Emergency Relief fund) allotted as well as EANS (Emergency Assistance to Non-Public School) funds.

How States and Schools Can Use New Federal Relief Funds

How States and Schools Can Use New Federal Relief Funds

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Federal COVID-19 relief packages have delivered an unprecedented infusion of funding to states and local education agencies, leaving leaders with key decisions on how best to spend the money. Hear from the Southern Regional Education Board and FutureEd about how state and local governments can spend the new funding to support students and schools—and the restrictions that federal law places on spending. 

Publication March 20216 pages

Federal Education Funding in the 2021 American Rescue Plan

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, a COVID-19 relief package, is the third federal measure to aid in pandemic recovery. SREB offers analysis of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief), HEER (Higher Education Emergency Relief) and EANS (Emergency Assistance to Nonpublic Schools) funding included in the package and other relevant education funding.


Publication December 2020 | 6 pages
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Education-Related Funding in the December 2020 Federal COVID Relief Bill

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 includes a stimulus and pandemic relief package of almost $900 billion. SREB State Strategies staff offer this analysis of GEER (Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund), HEER (Higher Education Emergency Relief fund) and ESSER (Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief fund).

Updated on January 21, 2021



CARES Act Education Funding Allocations
in SREB States

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was approved by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. Below is information on the types of education-related funding provided to states in the CARES Act and tables showing funding allocated toward education in SREB states.

Types of Funding Provided

The legislation provides two large funds that can be used for education-related expenses: