Davis urges federal government to approve state application for school funding

School districts in 35th Legislative District could receive total of $4.4M

HARRISBURG, May 7 – Under an emergency federal funding program enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in the 35th Legislative District could receive a total of $4.4 million, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, as he is urging federal officials to quickly approve the state’s funding application.

“The current public health crisis continues to affect us all near and far, and we’ve yet to really see how this pandemic will affect our schools’ budgets,” Davis said. “While we’re all hoping for the best, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume that COVID-19 will have moderate or severe affects for our schools, which is why we’re asking the federal government to quickly expedite the state’s application, so that this money can be allocated for the districts that need it most.”

This week, the state filed an application to the U.S. Department of Education to obtain approximately $523.8 million in emergency one-time funds to help schools respond to COVID-19 impacts.

Locally, it is estimated that the following school districts would receive the follow funding:

  • Clairton City School District - $533,425
  • Duquesne City School District - $536,075
  • McKeesport Area School District - $1,891,316
  • South Allegheny School District - $380,156
  • Steel Valley School District - $557,161
  • West Mifflin Area School District – $571,338

State Department of Education officials expect the federal government to approve the state’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund application within one week and is finalizing a streamlined application to ensure that funds are available to schools in an expedited manner. Once the federal government approves the state application, school districts will have to apply for their share of the funding.