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Pa School Funding

Through the american rescue plan Pennsylvania public schools are receiving just under four billion dollars in federal aid.

About 700 million dollars is going toward charter schools.

That totals about four and a half billion dollars for Pennsylvania education.

Harrisburg reporter Ryan Eldredge says some districts could see as much as 50 million dollars.

The numbers are staggering Projections from the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials show Central PA schools bringing in some serious federal dollars.

53 Million dollars for Harrisburg.
42 Million for Lancaster.
35 Million for York.
7 for Carlisle and millions more for other Central PA schools.

“The money is absolutely needed. When you start to think about the whole child, Ryan can you think about social and emotional learning, mental health, how we support families; it’s been a very very long year. It’s not something
that a summer school process can answer.”

At Big Spring they’re ready for a projected 3.6 million dollars of which twenty percent must go to learning loss.

“The challenge is you can’t use those dollars for operational costs. So it’s really one time expenses so it’s districts go through their planning processes things like staffing, special ed costs, pension costs, cyber charter costs
those are operational costs and this money doesn’t offset that.”

At Penn Manor they’re also brain storming ways to utilize the projected five-point-five million dollars.

“We’re looking at programs that we can implement during the school day, after school but also in summer school for students who may need additional credits to be able to graduate on time.”

School leaders say that HVAC systems, water fountain replacement, deficits, building costs, and technology are all things they’ll evaluate but many add that they’re thankful that they aren’t in the financial holes some anticipated
when the pandemic began.

“We were concerned too about property tax collection whether we would see a big reduction we did not see a reduction. In payments for property tax we actually saw higher year then we had last school year.”

 

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