Eight School Districts Win $32 Million in Fed Funding

HARRISBURG PA – Eight public school districts responsible for educating a majority of Tri-County area students are destined to receive a combined total of more than $32 million in federal funding under the recently authorized $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan,” the Pennsylvania Education Department indicated in figures released this week.

The Pottstown School District, whose officials have long campaigned for more equitable education funding, will see the greatest benefit – $9,741,181 – under distributions announced Monday (March 29, 2021) by the department. The money is intended to support efforts to safely reopen K-12 schools and expand opportunity “for students who need it most,” the federal government said.

Similarly receiving funds (listed by amounts in decreasing order) are school districts in the Boyertown Area, $4,983,358; Spring-Ford Area, $4,355,676; Pottsgrove, $3,670,939; Phoenixville Area, $3,300,048; Owen J. Roberts, $2,834,045; Upper Perkiomen, $2,377,557; and Perkiomen Valley, $1,790,312. Some charter schools also may qualify after applying to the state, it added.

Amounts given to each district are in the same proportions as those used for federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” funding issued last year, according to the state.

Overall, education in Pennsylvania will receive $4.9 billion under the distribution, of which 90 percent or $4.5 billion is specifically directed to schools as “emergency funding to support the long-term work of education recovery,” the state added. The remainder of money from the plan’s “Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund” is for Education Department use.

“Our school communities need these additional resources to invest in instructional materials, equipment, facilities, transportation, and more,” state acting Education Secretary Noe Ortega said.

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