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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act created an Education Stabilization Fund (ESF) to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus, under which New York State has received:

  • $1.037 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to support the ability of local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are LEAs, with emergency relief funds to address the impact that Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation; and
  • $164.2 million in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds for the purpose of providing educational agencies with emergency assistance to address the impact of COVID-19.

CARES Act Guidance Documents for LEAs

CARES Act Allocations and Application Information