WEST CHESTER (April 22, 2020) – State Senator Andy Dinniman, minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, today detailed the more than $1.1 billion in federal aid that Pennsylvania schools and universities will receive through the Education Stabilization Fund under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
In total, local school districts, charter schools, and universities and colleges in Chester County will receive more than $22.7 million in federal support.
At the state level, the funds are broken down into three areas:
- $106,000,000 for Pennsylvania (out of $2.95 billion nationally) under the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, which the governor can use at his discretion to support K-12 and higher education needs related to COVID-19.
- $523,807,000 for Pennsylvania (out of $13.22 billion nationally) under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, which will be distributed to school districts and charter schools based on their Title 1 allocation for the 2020-2021 school year. Title I is a federal supplemental education program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies to improve educational opportunities for educationally deprived children. Of these funds, about $399 million will go to Pennsylvania school districts and about $71 million will go to Pennsylvania charter schools.
- $487,129,000 for Pennsylvania (out of $13.95 billion nationally) under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which is awarded directly to institutions of higher education. More than $16 million of that amount will go to colleges and universities in Chester County (with at least half being used as grants to students needing financial relief). That information was previously announced as available here.
“We are grateful for the assistance from the federal government to support our efforts to meet students’ educational needs during this time of unprecedented crisis,” Dinniman said. “As schools and school districts begin to prepare their budgets for next year, they must cover the costs related to the current closures and plan to deal with the potential for remote and virtual learning needs in the future.”
Dinniman also joined the Pennsylvania School Board Association in calling for the governor to act quickly in transferring emergency funds to school districts who are in financial distress.
“I hope the governor will move rapidly out of his genuine concern for school districts that are in need of support,” he said.
According to estimates prepared by the Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee, school districts serving Chester County can expect to receive more than $5.6 million in total funding from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. The estimated allocations are as follows:
· Avon Grove School District – $189,765
· Coatesville Area School District – $1,349,651
· Downingtown Area School District – $255,079
· Great Valley Area School District – $248,090
· Kennett Area School District – $491,482
· Octorara Area School District – $501,361
· Owen J Roberts School District – $201,060
· Oxford Area School District – $627,448
· Phoenixville Area School District – $290,060
· Spring-Ford Area School District – $246,721
· Tredyffrin-Easttown Area School District – $195,179
· Twin Valley School District – $441,357
· Unionville-Chadds Ford School District – $85,474
· West Chester Area School District – $493,137
According to estimates prepared by the Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee, charter schools serving Chester County can expect to receive more than $1.1 million in total funding from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. The estimated allocations are as follows:
· Avon Grove Charter School – $157,266
· Collegium Charter School – $352,899
· Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School – $525,747
· Renaissance Academy Charter School – $121,031
Dinniman also noted that more support will become available through block grants and additional emergency funding necessary to meet local schools’ and higher education institutions’ revenue and budget needs.