Shusterman announces school funding for Phoenixville Area School District

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, today announced the award of a new $250,000 Ready to Learn block grant for Phoenixville Area School District.

She said the funding, for which she advocated, is in addition to record investments in basic and special education, mental health care, and safety initiatives provided for schools across Pennsylvania in the recently enacted state budget.

“Phoenixville School District is set to receive this injection to help classroom learning and technology improvements directly,” Shusterman said. “Investments like the Ready to Learn program are designed to impact students where they learn and how they learn, with funds available for technology upgrades and other improvements to the classroom.”

Shusterman also pointed out that school districts received the following state funds in this year’s budget:

  • Phoenixville Area School District: $600,389 (11.1% increase from last year).
  • Spring-Ford Area School District: $1,595,554 (15% increase from last year).
  • Tredyffrin-Easttown School District: $589,067 (14.6% increase from last year).

The budget increases education funding by almost $750 million ($525 million in Basic Education funding and $225 million in Level Up funding). The budget also invests $100 million in Special Education, $100 million in school safety and security, and $100 million in mental health resources for schools, as well as a $60 million investment in Pre-K and $19 million in Head Start programs.

“Thanks to bipartisan cooperation, this year’s budget provided record-level funding for schools all across the state,” she said. “Education investments like these help build the next generation of leaders here in Pennsylvania.”