This past Spring, the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which in part is designed to assist struggling schools with financial strain caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ohio’s schools will receive funds under the CARES Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Program (ESSER) and its related Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Program (GEER).
Thus far, the U.S. Congress, the Ohio General Assembly, and the DeWine Administration collaborated to allocate roughly $490 million of ESSER funding to Ohio’s traditional k-12 public schools (including compact and comprehensive career-tech programs). Federal (Title I) limitations prevented Joint Vocational School Districts (JVSDs, or Career Centers) from being eligible for the ESSER funding and as a result, the state announced Nov. 10 that Governor DeWine would allocate $8.6 to JVSDs through the separate GEER fund.
“This funding support is gratefully acknowledged by the career -tech community to help with the added expenses of keeping our students safe while striving to continue their career-tech education,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.
Additional funding will be used to improve the delivery of CTE for students including enhancing sanitation processes and supplies, updating technology and expanding online curriculum among other things during this unprecedented pandemic, Gardner said.