Flynn and Blake get over $400K for Scranton School District

SCRANTON, Aug. 26– State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, worked with state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe, to secure $436,128 in grant funding to help Scranton schools improve educational services for students.

The funding is provided to schools designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Success Act.

Flynn said the grants were calculated based on need including the number of economically disadvantaged students in the district.

“This funding helps our local schools to focus on our neediest students so they can keep up with the school curriculum and I want to thank Senator Blake for his steadfast commitment in keeping the school district properly funded for our students,” Flynn said.

The following schools received funding:

  • $160,590 – Scranton High School.
  • $117,710 – West Scranton High School.
  • $80,706 – West Scranton Intermediate Unit.
  • $77,122 - Isaac Tripp El School.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of these Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds.

ESSA requires states to develop plans to designate schools for support and improvement based on the performance of individual student groups in key areas, including academic achievement and growth; graduation rate and English learner progress; and student success factors such as regular attendance and chronic absenteeism. Student groups include race, economically disadvantaged, English language learners and students with disabilities. 

Grants were calculated based on elements of the federal Title I, Part A formula, including the number of poor students and other school enrollment data. 

Click here for a full list of grant recipients.