Use available funds to make a lasting impact
The challenges of the pandemic are truly circumstances no educator hoped to face. However, the funding made available in response has provided a rare opportunity for education leaders to invest in ambitious new programs with long-term goals in mind.
Tens of billions of dollars have been designated for K-12 education as part of Covid Relief packages (including the the CARES Act, CRRSA Act, and ARP Act), and these funds are still available to schools and districts. These funds are known as the ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) Fund and GEER (Governor’s Emergency Education Relief) Fund, and encompass funding available to both public and private schools.
Schools can use the funding to address immediate needs regarding learning loss recovery, but can also build for long-term success by strategically using the funds to improve teaching and learning for all educators and students.