McNeill announces nearly $510K to improve services for students

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced two schools in her district are sharing $509,440 to improve services to historically underserved students under the federally funded Every Student Succeeds Act.

“Every child is entitled to a high-quality education,” McNeill said. “With this funding, administrators can take the steps needed to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of any barriers.”

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

  • Bethlehem Area School District: $387,146.
  • Whitehall-Coplay School District: $122,294.

McNeill said ESSA works to ensure all students – from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary school, including low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, English learners, and other historically marginalized students – have access to a world-class education that prepares them for college, career and life.

To qualify for the program, ESSA requires states to develop plans to designate schools for support and improvement based on the performance of individual student groups in key areas, including academic achievement and growth; graduation rate and English learner progress; and such student success factors as regular attendance and chronic absenteeism. 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, including the number of economically disadvantaged students and other school enrollment data.

Click here for a full list of grant recipients.