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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).