Cephas applauds nearly $8 million in federal stimulus funding going to help West Philly students during COVID-19 pandemic

State Rep. Morgan Cephas is applauding approximately $7.99 million in federal stimulus funds awarded to help strengthen services for students in several of her local schools impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cephas said the financial resources will support food programs, technological improvements and other educational services. The funding will be distributed as follows: 

  • West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School: $2.21 million.

  • Ad Prima Charter School: $2.14 million.

  • Universal Bluford Charter School: $1.84 million.

  • Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School: $1.8 million.

"Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I've been working to bridge the digital divide to ensure students in the 192nd Legislative District have access to the same reliable internet and school resources their peers have in neighboring communities," said Cephas, D-Phila. "Every child deserves a quality education no matter where they live or where they're learning, and this federal stimulus funding helps move us closer to that reality."  

The federal relief is provided by the bipartisan Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund passed by Congress in December. This round of funding included $2.2 billion in funding distributed to K-12 school districts and charter schools throughout the commonwealth who have been impacted by the public health crisis. 

More information can be found on Gov. Tom Wolf's website