Allentown School District Secures $9.8 Million of Emergency COVID-19 Federal Funding
ALLENTOWN, PA – Today U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07), alongside Allentown School District Superintendent Thomas Parker and Board President Sara Brace, announced the Allentown School District would receive $9.8 million in emergency funding as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed on March 27, 2020.
Through the appropriation of CARES Act funding, Allentown School District received the fourth highest allocation in the state of Pennsylvania. Under the CARES Act, allocations are based on Title I status and distributed through a separate and flexible state-wide program (ESSER) intended to support COVID-19 response efforts.
“When passing the CARES Act, it was critical to me that our schools with the most need got the most support –– Allentown School District needs fast and flexible aid that allows them to get their students through this crisis and support their incredible educators and staff as we plan for a new year of unforeseen challenges,” Wild said. “While I am proud that I was able to advocate for this funding at the federal level, I will continue using my voice in Congress and specifically on the Education and Labor Committee to ensure that we support our educational community through these unprecedented times.”
States and school districts can use the funding for a wide range of purposes, including purchasing computers, hot spot devices and cleaning supplies to sanitize school facilities. Funds can also be used to provide professional development for educators, support summer programs, provide mental health support, and promote access to quality instruction for students with disabilities and English language learners.
“The Allentown School District extends our gratitude to Congresswoman Susan Wild for her continued commitment to the students & families in our city. As a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, we applaud her efforts and advocacy on a national level, said Thomas Parker, Superintendent of the Allentown School District. “With this legislation and the fiscal support that is attached, ASD can remain committed to a number of our District priorities outlined in our strategic framework. As many are aware, it is extremely difficult to remain on course during a crisis situation. However, as we work to develop a new normal for our students, this funding will allow us to develop quality programs and increased access despite the uncertainty of what is to come. We look forward to using these funds to create opportunities and increased access to early education learning, college and career access initiatives, as well a meaningful family and community engagement.”
“As Board President, I know we still have challenges ahead in our district,” said Sara Jane Brace, President of the ASD Board of Directors. “This emergency funding will go a long way to help ASD recover in a number of ways. Perhaps more importantly, the funding will allow our board to remain focused on our commitment to excellence for our students, families, staff, and community members as we continue to lead during these unprecedented times.