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CRRSA: Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER II) (Alaska)
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Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (EED)
Through the COVID Relief Act of 2021, $81.88 billion was allocated to the US Department of Education (USED) for the Education Stabilization fund. After a small set aside of this total, 5% of the remaining funds were to be used to make supplemental Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER II) Funds grants. This emergency block grant empowers Governors to decide how best to meet the current needs of students, schools (including charter schools and non-public schools), post-secondary institutions, and other education-related organizations in their State so that faculty continue to teach and students continue to learn. Governors are encouraged to focus these resources on ensuring that all students continue to learn most likely through some form of remote learning.
Grant funds awarded under the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund may be used to—
- provide emergency support through grants to local educational agencies that the State educational agency deems have been most significantly impacted by coronavirus to support the ability of such local educational agencies to continue to provide educational services to their students and to support the on-going functionality of the local educational agency;
- provide emergency support through grants to institutions of higher education serving students within the State that the Governor determines have been most significantly impacted by coronavirus to support the ability of such institutions to continue to provide educational services and support the on-going functionality of the institution; and
- provide support to any other institution of higher education, local educational agency, or education-related entity within the State that the Governor deems essential for carrying out emergency educational services to students for authorized activities described in section 18003(d)(1) of the CARES Act or the Higher Education Act, the provision of child care and early childhood education, social and emotional support, and the protection of education-related jobs.
Further, GEER II funds shall not be used to —
- provide direct or indirect financial assistance to scholarship-granting organizations or related entities for elementary or secondary education; or
- provide or support vouchers, tuition tax credit programs, education savings accounts, scholarships, scholarship programs, or tuition-assistance programs for elementary or secondary education.
Note: From the total GEER II funding available, the ED Secretary shall reserve $2,750,000,000 to also provide Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools grants (GEER EANS). Unlike with GEER funding provided under the CARES act, LEA sub-awardees are not required to provide equitable services to non-public schools under GEER II. For more information, please request the Grants Office grant summary for your state's GEER EANS program for non-public schools.
History of Funding
States receiving funds under GEER II shall submit a report to the ED Secretary, not later than 45 days after receiving funding that provides a detailed accounting of the use of funds provided under this section, including how the State is using funds to support those education-related organizations within the state that have been most significantly impacted by coronavirus” in order to support their ability to continue providing educational services to their students and to support on-going functionality, as well as those education-related entities that the Governor deems essential for carrying out emergency educational services, such as providing child care and early childhood education, providing social and emotional support, and protecting education-related jobs.
Alaska allocated GEER II funds to the following:
- $40,000 to Alaska Commission on Post-secondary education for AKCIS Platform
- $75,000 to Alaska Commission on Post-secondary education for FAFSA completion
- $2,100,000 to University of Alaska for Nurse Training and Recruitment
- $500,000 to Delta-Greely School District for Delta Career Advancement Center ($480,200 for supplies and labor; $15,000 for salary oversight and manage contracts; $4,800 for benefits for certified salary)
Further information can be found on the Alaska Governor's Office COVID Dashboard: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/publish?EQBCT=0d3c06bde9924117b76d14b0cf079f74
An overview of differences between CARES Act GEER and GEER II is visible at: https://oese.ed.gov/files/2021/01/FINAL_-GEER_FactSheet_1.8.211.pdf
State Governors may apply on behalf of their State. It is expected that Governors will then redistribute or regrant awarded funds to Local Education Agencies, Institutions of Higher Education, or other education service providers.
Allocations were made directly to LEAs.
This is a one-time emergency funding opportunity. Future deadlines are not anticipated.
A total of $4,053,060,000 has been allocated for the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund II. The amount of each state's GEER grant was determined based on the following formula:
- 60% on the basis of their relative population of individuals aged 5 through 24.
- 40% on the basis of their relative number of children counted under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
Alaska has been granted a total of $8,191,720 for GEER II, of which a total of $2,824,017 is available for discretionary use after the set aside for the state's GEER EANS grant opportunity. Each Governor shall return to the ED Secretary any funds received under GEER II that the Governor does not award or obligate within 1 year (January 2022), so that those funds may be reallocated. Funds under this program will remain available for sub-awardee obligation through September 30, 2023. Further, funds may also be used to reimburse any allowable pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, when the national coronavirus emergency was declared.
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