PA Awards $36.1 Million to Strengthen Literacy Programs; A-C Valley, Brookville Get Combined $1.5 Million

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Published January 1, 1970 12:00 am
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HARRISBURG, Pa — Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis today announced that more than $36.1 million in federal funding has been awarded to 56 local education agencies to support literacy programs for students from birth through 12th grade.

The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy grant, also referred to as the Keystones to Opportunity grant, is a five-year, competitive federal grant program designed to assist local education agencies in developing and implementing local comprehensive literacy plans.

“I applaud these schools for securing funding to ensure that students have the essential skills to succeed academically,” Tomalis said. “Literacy programs help to improve student reading and comprehension, which could result in higher academic achievement.”

This grant program will support Pennsylvania’s comprehensive approach to improving literacy outcomes for all children, including disadvantaged students, limited English proficiency students and students with disabilities.

This funding will provide the necessary tools to foster 21st century literacy environments where children can develop the reading, writing, speaking, listening and language skills they need to succeed academically.

A total of 149 school districts submitted grant applications.

As one of only six states to receive funding for the first year, Pennsylvania was awarded a total of $38.6 million by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant requires that 95 percent of the award must be driven out to local education agencies.

Funds for the second year are pending release by the federal government, and funding for years three through five is contingent upon the availability of federal funds.

In less than one year, Pennsylvania has been awarded more than $80 million in federal funds to improve educational opportunities for students.

Media Contact: Tim Eller, 717-783-9802

Editor’s Note: Below is the list of grantees by county and the amount awarded for year one:

Allegheny County — McKeesport Area School District, $529,260 Northgate School District, $710,746 Pittsburgh School District, $1,983,014 Steel Valley School District, $620,870 Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School, $258,312 Wilkinsburg Borough School District, $886,696 Woodland Hills School District, $807,940

Beaver County — Aliquippa School District, $1 million

Bedford County — Bedford Area School District, $349,947

Blair County — Altoona Area School District, $1.5 million Tyrone Area School District, $142,214

Bradford County — Towanda Area School District, $681,372

Bucks County — Bristol Township School District, $601,710

Cambria County — Penn Cambria School District, $280,332 Westmont Hilltop School District, $41,157

Chester County — Coatesville Area School District, $1 million

Clarion County — Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District, $739,252

Clearfield County — Clearfield Area School District, $70,258 Curwensville Area School District, $365,004 Glendale School District, $652,176 Harmony Area School District, $119,018 Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District, $654,514

Delaware County — Chester Community Charter School, $553,294 Chichester School District, $1 million Interboro School District, $742,903

Erie County — Girard School District, $59,691

Franklin County — Greencastle-Antrim School District, $996,048

Greene County — Central Greene School District, $435,739

Huntingdon County — Mount Union Area School District, $327,336 Southern Huntingdon County School District, $977,477

Indiana County — Blairsville-Saltsburg School District, $852,662

Jefferson County — Brookville Area School District, $724,085

Lackawanna County — Carbondale Area School District, $749,003

Lancaster County — Conestoga Valley School District, $985,891 Hempfield School District, $999,841 Manheim Central School District, $1 million Solanco School District, $443,069

Lawrence County — Laurel School District, $458,542

Luzerne County — Wilkes-Barre Area School District, $632,733

Lycoming County — Williamsport Area School District, $569,904

Mckean County — Bradford Area School District, $879,250 Otto-Eldred School District, $307,985 Port Allegany School District, $452,548

Mifflin County — Mifflin County School District, $1.5 million

Monroe County — East Stroudsburg Area School District, $215,965 Pleasant Valley School District, $221,024

Montgomery County — North Penn School District, $1,174,404

Northampton County — Easton Area School District, $529,963 Northampton Area School District, $647,727

Northumberland County — Milton Area School District, $441,867

Perry County — West Perry School District, $756,516

Potter County — Austin Area School District, $276,518

Snyder County — Selinsgrove Area School District, $826,148

Somerset County — North Star School District, $439,696

Westmoreland County — Derry Area School District, $964,247 New Kensington-Arnold School District, $58,000

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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