State Actions


State Actions

State Regulations and Actions

SREB staff are tracking developments in our states. Please contact us if we maybe of service with additional information on state responses related to education and the workforce.

Policies from each state related to school response to disease outbreak. Includes links to state public health office guidance in each state, from ChildTrends

From the National Conference of State Legislatures

2020-2021 school closure map from Education Week

Stress testing to help plan for budgetary effects, from Pew Trusts

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:

Post Jeffrey Grove

State Decisions on School Reopenings

All SREB states issued state-level guidance concerning the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 academic year.

In most cases, the state can only provide guidance, advice and assistance, while actual determinations for reopening — both the when and how — are entirely the purview of local districts. In a few cases state guidance or mandates take precedence over local control.

News SREB News Release

K-12 Education Recovery Task Force to Serve 16 States

Leaders from 16 states will serve on a new regional Education Recovery Task Force to help states determine the best strategies for reopening K-12 public schools, providing each student with the support they need, and planning for a possible COVID-19 resurgence and future emergencies, the Southern Regional Education Board announced today.

Blog post Stephen PruittSREB President

Better Together

After weeks of struggling with the fallout of COVID-19 — working remotely, social distancing, helping neighbors when we can — I’m quite sure no one needs to be told that we’re living in “unprecedented times.” That seems clear enough.

Our teachers are coping with a digital environment that most were not trained for, trying to maintain their focus on equity to be sure every child has a chance at a quality education, meanwhile managing houses and budgets and families and concerns about their health, as we all are. It’s more than anyone was prepared for.