State lawmakers announce $181,350 grant for William Penn School District

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – State Reps. Margo Davidson, Joanna McClinton and Mike Zabel announced that William Penn School District has been awarded a $181,350 Continuity of Education and Equity Grant for the 2020-21 academic year.

“Now more than ever, it’s necessary to help our public schools acquire the tools they need to reach every child in our community and address the danger of widening inequities,” said Davidson, who chairs the House Democratic Southeast Delegation. “William Penn School District has far too often had to do more with less. This grant will provide some level of fairness in funding as our schools continue to adapt to this current health crisis, particularly in less wealthy districts.”

CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education.

“For all the devastation COVID-19 has caused, it has shown us how inequitable many of our systems are, including our educational system," said McClinton, who serves as the House Democratic Caucus chair. "We have a responsibility to our children to give them everything we can to help them succeed in the classroom today so they can succeed in the workforce tomorrow, and grants like this one allow us to provide more of the things our children need."

Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants.

“This grant provides the much-need resources for the children in our community to continue to receive a quality education during trying times,” Zabel said. “This grant will make it possible for William Penn School District to purchase the computer equipment, technology and materials it needs to adjust during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. 

Earlier this year the Pennsylvania Department of Education was able to provide approximately $5 million to fund 96 applications, with additional funds through Governor’s Emergency Education Relief under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. PDE is now able to provide an additional $13 million dollars.