Flynn: $38.9 million coming to Scranton area schools in federal pandemic funding

LACKAWANNA, March 30 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, congratulated Scranton School District, Abington Heights, and a charter school that are anticipated to receive $38.9 million in federal funding to help students safely return to the classrooms.

Fynn said the following schools are scheduled to receive federal funding:

  • $35.77 million to Scranton School District.
  • $2.34 million to Abington Heights School District.
  • $834,924 to Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School.

“Our schools are financially struggling in my district and this federal funding is critical to helping students safely get back on track academically when they return to the classrooms,” Flynn said.

The funding is part of the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden. The money can be used for food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; mental health supports and more. 

At least 20% of this money is meant to address learning loss and the social, emotional, and academic needs of underrepresented students, including students from low-income families, students with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, and more.

School districts and charter schools must apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education to receive their share of the money set aside. The application process will be posted on the PDE website. Funds must be used by September 2024.