– House Education Committee Chairman Curt Sonney (R-Erie) announced today that Corry Area School District, Erie County Technical School, North East School District, Union City Area School District and Wattsburg Area School District have been awarded money through the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund.
Erie County Technical School was awarded a Career and Technical Center (CTC) Equity Grant of $116,101. These equity grants provide funding to support effective continuity of education programs such as summer and other expanded programming, and industry credential assessments for students enrolled in CTCs negatively impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts. These grants were calculated based on the allocation formula for federal Perkins CTC grants, which takes into account the population of students ages 5-17 and the percent of poverty within the same age group. In addition, the formula includes a factor to account for a local education agency’s overall student enrollment in career and technical education programs.
Additionally, Corry Area, North East, Union City Area and Wattsburg Area school districts were all awarded a Continuity of Education and Equity Grant (CEEG) for the 2020-21 academic year, with Corry Area receiving $49,500, North End receiving $18,511, Union City Area receiving $19,450 and Wattsburg Area receiving $42,000. CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education.
CEEG grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots; or used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants.
“We have seen how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all levels of education in Pennsylvania,” said Sonney. “These federal grants will help our schools be better prepared to deal with the unknowns of the pandemic and help best serve our students’ educational needs.”
GEER funds can be used toward the safe reopening of schools in light of COVID-19. This may include, but is not limited to, purchasing protective equipment, hand sanitizer or cleaning products; equipment or technology to take classrooms online; installation of barriers or other protective devices in building structures; or to purchase health apps to assist in contact tracing and monitoring of students.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds.
Representative Curt Sonney
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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