Davis announces $114K in Continuing Education Equity Grants

Funding will assist in remote learning during COVID-19 pandemic

HARRISBURG, April 22 – Today, the state Department of Education awarded its first round of equity grants to assist school districts in purchasing technological equipment that would allow for remote learning and continued education during the COVID-19 crisis, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny.

“COVID-19 brought a stop to our normal day-to-day lives, but it’s important all children have the resources they need to learn now and, in the future,” Davis said. “So, it gives me great pleasure to announce these grants, which will directly benefit our children and their families and allow for the remote learning of hundreds of students. The grants awarded today will guarantee that students who once lacked sufficient access to resources will now have the equipment and support they need.”

The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentage of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants.

Davis said the following school districts received funding:

  • Duquesne City School District: $8,900
  • South Allegheny: $8,350
  • Steel Valley School District: $75,900
  • Young Scholars of McKeesport: $21,762

Continuing Education Equity Grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education.