Malagari announces $231K in grants awarded to three school districts’ special needs programs

LANSDALE, Aug. 20 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, today announced that three area school districts received grants to heighten their education services for students with special needs who may be negatively impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

The following school districts received Governor’s Emergency Education Relief grants:

  • North Penn: $151,534.55.
  • Souderton: $79,189.33.
  • Souderton Charter School Collaborative: $1,000.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on everyone, particularly Pennsylvania’s youngest residents who have special needs,” Malagari said. “This school year will look completely different than years prior, and many students will need additional support getting acclimated to these changes. These grants will assist with a smooth, safe and comfortable start to the school year for everyone.”

Grants may be used to provide enhanced synchronous (real-time) instruction to bolster remote services and supports for students with complex needs; and provide services and support to students with disabilities who experienced a loss in skills and behavior and/or a lack of progress due to the mandatory school closures.

This funding comes from the $15 million in the commonwealth’s GEER fund and $5 million from the Department of Education’s federal funding through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The federal CARES Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of GEER funds.

Click here for a full list of grant recipients.

Questions may be directed to Malagari’s office by calling (267) 768-3671 or email

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