Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $45 Million for Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $45,657,990 for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund through the U.S. Department of Education.

This federal funding, which comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will help Maryland school districts and institutions of higher education plan for and coordinate long-term closures and purchase educational technology to support online learning for all students. Schools throughout Maryland have been closed since March 16 and will operate through online learning through at least April 24.

“Teachers, administrators and state educational staff are moving mountains to continue to deliver a quality education to students across the state,” the delegation said. “While all districts need support, it is especially critical that this funding reaches those that face the biggest challenges in moving to online learning, including those in rural areas and areas with a high concentration of low-income students. We will continue to fight for the resources needed by the State of Maryland to adapt to this global pandemic.”

Governor Hogan and the Maryland Department of Education will distribute funding to the most significantly impacted local school systems. This federal funding represents just one piece of the $30.75 billion in emergency education funding provided under the CARES Act’s Education Stabilization Fund.

The delegation previously announced more than $170 million for Maryland’s institutions of higher education through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. An additional $207 million in federal funding will soon be announced for all 24 of Maryland’s school districts through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.