McClinton announces more than $234,000 in funding to help improve school services for students who need it most during COVID-19 pandemic

Ahead of the upcoming school year, state Rep. Joanna McClinton announced today that $234,068 in grant funding is going to help local school districts improve educational services for students who need it most during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

"With the ongoing challenges created by the coronavirus, schools need our support now more than ever," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "This funding adds to our efforts to connect students with the tools they need to learn in a safe environment during this health emergency."

According to McClinton, these state resources are part of the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Funds and have been awarded to the following in the School District of Philadelphia: 

  • Add B. Anderson School: $60,522. 
  • Motivation High School: $38,655.

Penn Wood High School in the William Penn School District also received $134,891. 

Today’s announcement is part of an approved $17 million to help 220 local education agencies, including school districts throughout the state, that are designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act . 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of GEER Funds.

Under ESSA, states develop plans to designate schools for support based on student groups in key areas, including academic achievement, graduation rate and regular attendance. Student groups include race, economically disadvantaged, English language learners and students with disabilities.

Grants were calculated based on elements of the federal Title I, Part A formula, which includes school enrollment data like the number of economically disadvantaged students.

A complete list of grant recipients can be found on the Department of Education's website.