Lee urges local school districts to apply for share of $523 million COVID emergency funding

Funding can be used for a wide range of purposes including technology, food, summer programs

PITTSBURGH, May 14 – State Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, today is urging local school districts to apply for their share of $523 million in emergency school funding that was recently approved by the federal government for Pennsylvania.

“As our schools and communities struggle with the ongoing coronavirus crisis it is critical that this funding reaches our local educators to help make sure our students aren’t left behind,” Lee said. “I want to make sure that our local administrators and officials know about this critical program, because I don’t want to see a single one of our schools left out. Too many schools are already struggling with our state’s unequal school funding framework, and we need every dollar we can find to help lift our students up.”

Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, at least 90 percent, or $471 million, of the funds will flow through to traditional public schools and charter schools. Each entity will receive an amount proportional to federal Title I-A funds received in 2019 under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Schools may use the funding 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.

A full list of how much funding each school district is eligible to receive can be found here.