FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2020
Administration Applies for $523 Million in Emergency Funds to Support
PA – The
Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today submitted its Elementary
and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund application to the U.S.
Department of Education (USDE) to obtain approximately $523.8 million in
emergency, one-time funds to help schools respond to COVID-19 impacts.
have been working under extraordinary conditions from the onset of the
coronavirus, first helping students and families to receive food and then
setting up systems to provide continued education,” said Secretary of
Education Pedro A. Rivera. “Unfortunately, this crisis has also placed
tremendous financial pressures on our schools. These funds will provide an
initial measure of relief, and we appreciate the quick action by Congress.
At the same time, emergency educational needs require Congress to pass
another significant appropriation for states and schools.”
PDE expects USDE to approve
the state’s ESSER application within one week and is finalizing a
streamlined application to ensure that funds are available to schools in an
Under the federal
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, at least 90%, or
$471 million, of the funds must flow through to traditional public schools
and charter schools. Each entity will receive an amount proportional to
federal Title I-A funds received in 2019 under the Every Student Succeeds
LEAs may use ESSER
funding for a wide range of purposes, including food service; professional
training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer
and after-school programs; and mental health supports. Funds must be used
by September 2022. PDE has urged school entities to prioritize investments
for vulnerable students and families, including those living in the deepest
poverty, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students,
students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.
View a list of what each school
district and charter school will receive in ESSER funds.
The remaining 10% of ESSER
funds will be used for state-level activities to address issues caused by
COVID-19. PDE plans to use the funds to support initiatives, including
remote learning, that can be designed and
implemented with greater economy of scale at the state level than would be
possible or practical for LEAs to pursue individually.
Pursuant to CARES
requirements, school districts and charter schools must apply to PDE to
obtain their allocated funds. Once the USDE approves the state application,
PDE will post the LEA application process on its website and notify LEAs.
For more information
about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
CONTACT: Eric Levis, 717-783-9802, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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