Illinois is getting a total of $108 million in emergency education funding, Rep. Lauren Underwood announced.
The money, made possible by coronavirus relief funding passed by Congress, will go towards the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. Underwood strongly supported and voted to pass funding that is designed to help mitigate the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
In total, the relief package passed by Congress allocates $3 billion to the GEER fund, which governors can then use at their discretion to support education. According to Underwood’s office, money from the GEER fund can be used to meet a wide variety of educational needs. For example, the state can decide to use the funding to improve access to online learning, help colleges and universities meet funding shortfalls and provide direct assistance to childcare providers.
“Schools across Illinois are facing enormous costs during the coronavirus pandemic, and educators need every resource available as they continue to educate our students during this challenging time,” Underwood said in a statement. “The GEER funding made available by the CARES Act will help ensure that Illinois students can continue to learn, and that teachers and educators receive additional resources and support— they are true heroes during this trying time.”
The GEER fund is part of the Education Stabilization Fund also created through the coronavirus relief package passed by Congress. According to Underwood’s office, there are also funds dedicated to elementary and secondary school relief and higher education funding relief.
“Illinois students and teachers need every resource available to face COVID-19,” Underwood said on Twitter. “Illinois students can continue to learn and that teachers and educators receive additional resources and support.”