Scott Applauds Nearly $67 Million in Emergency COVID-19 Education Funding for Virginia

April 15, 2020
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA –Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, applauded that Virginia will receive nearly $67 million in emergency education funding as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed on March 27. The funding comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, which allocates nearly $3 billion for governors to use at their discretion to support their state’s K-12 and higher education needs related to COVID-19. 

Today, the Department of Education announced that the entire $3 billion in the GEER Fund will be available for states to use immediately. Virginia’s $67 million allotment can be used to meet a wide range of educational needs, including helping K-12 schools provide online learning, helping colleges and universities fill funding shortfalls, and providing direct assistance to child care providers.

“The CARES Act provided critical emergency funding to help Virginia’s students, families, educators, and schools cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congressman Scott. “I am pleased that we were able to secure this $67 million in financial support for education in the Commonwealth, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to give communities the resources they need to maintain access to education throughout this crisis.”

The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund is part of the new Education Stabilization Fund created by the CARES Act, which also includes the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund—totaling $30.75 billion in emergency education resources.

To read more about emergency education funding under the CARES Act, click here.

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