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Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)

Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) overview

Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) overview

MPS has received $1.4 million in GEER funds.

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education provides this overview: "Under the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund), the U.S. Department of Education (Department) will be awarding grant funds to Governor Walz for the purpose of providing schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and other education‐related entities with emergency assistance as a result of COVID‐19...The purpose of the GEER Fund is to provide emergency support...to students within Minnesota that the Governor determines have been most significantly impacted by COVID‐19 to support the ability of such institutions to continue to provide educational services and support the ongoing functionality of the institution. GEER funds will support critical technology needs and continued operations at three Minnesota Tribal Colleges, and be award via competitive grant process to provide targeted support to programs and institutions ensuring equity in education, and technology and remote learning. This emphasis balances the other CARES Act funding available to institutions..."

According to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE): "Based on feedback from a range of communities across the state, the Office of the Governor and the Minnesota Department of Education have identified two key priorities for which these funds can be used:
  • Expanding technology capacity to meet student learning needs, with particular attention to increasing broadband access, establishing wireless hotspots and purchasing devices such as laptops or tablets for students.
  • Improving student-to-teacher ratios for summer school programming to at most six students per teacher."