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December Response and Relief Act Summary

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1 FORESIGHT LAW + POLICY 800 Maine Avenue, S.W., Suite 200 Washington, D.C. 20024 ph. (202) 499-6996 | www.FLPAdvisors.com Summary of the Education Provisions of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act December 22, 2020 On December 21, Congress approved a $900 billion pandemic emergency response bill titled the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (the "Response and Relief Act"). The long-awaited emergency bill provides $82 billion for K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions to be distributed, with some important modifications, through the three education emergency programs established by the CARES Act (P.L. 116-136) in March 2020: (1) the Governors Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund; (2) the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund; and (3) the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) fund. This memorandum summarizes the Response and Relief Act's treatment changes to the GEER, ESSER, and HEER funds and briefly describes other items relevant to schools and higher education institutions such as the law's broadband, nutrition, and childcare provisions. The paper also addresses the law's extension of key CARES Act milestones, such as the deadline when education entities must use resources provided by governors from the Treasury Department's Coronavirus Relief Fund. Given the breadth of this sweeping law, Foresight will update this memorandum, as needed, after our team completes a deeper analysis of its text.

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