McClinton announces $1M grant award for local school district

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 5 State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, announced that a $1 million grant has been awarded to the William Penn School District.

“For the second year in a row, I’m grateful and humbled to have played a part in securing this important Ready to Learn grant funding for the William Penn School District,” McClinton said. “We know that children in lower Delaware County are underserved due to unfair education funding. This grant is a step in the right direction toward fixing that imbalance.”

The funds were awarded as part of the Ready to Learn Block Grant program through the Department of Education. The grant is intended to help schools establish, maintain, or expand academic programs in alignment with commonwealth education standards.

“Every dollar of extra funding for William Penn School District will make a world of difference,” McClinton said. “The Ready to Learn grants can be used to fund such pivotal areas as pre-K, STEM learning, teacher training, and full-day kindergarten.”

McClinton said she worked with her House and Senate colleagues to secure the grant funding.

While she praised Gov. Tom Wolf for his continued commitment to funding basic education in Pennsylvania, McClinton said there’s still more work to be done. 

“To be clear, I am very excited that William Penn School District will have this additional funding at their disposal to benefit teachers, students and parents. But I also remain committed to ensuring that we not only continue to increase basic education funding in Pennsylvania, but that we ensure it is distributed in a fair and equal way,” McClinton said.