Flynn: Over $4 million in education funding has been approved for Scranton and Abington Heights school districts

LACKAWANNA, May 14 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the U.S. Department of Education has approved federal emergency funding for Pennsylvania schools to help mitigate the COVID-19 impact.

The schools in Flynn’s district still need to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to ensure they receive the federal funding.

The school districts and the amounts anticipated are:

  • $3.9 million to Scranton School District.
  • $226,310 to the Abington Heights School District.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the learning dynamic from classrooms into the homes of students and teachers,” Flynn said.  “It is imperative that students receive the quality education they deserve, despite the circumstances, and this funding can help in that regard.”

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the USDE approved both school allocations and when districts apply for it, through the state Department of Education, they can expect to start receiving funds within the next several weeks.

The funding may be used for a wide range of purposes, including food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; and mental health supports. Funds must be used by September 2022. Applying school entities are encouraged to prioritize investments for vulnerable students and families, including those living in the deepest poverty, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.