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Area school districts receive nearly $385,000 for special education

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All six school districts in Senate District 10 will receive grant funding, totaling $384,693, from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for compensatory services for students with special needs.
 
The funding awards by school district are as follow: Central Bucks School District, $176,326; Council Rock School District, $123,706; Morrisville Borough School District, $7,217; Palisades School District, $16,220; Pennridge School District, $19,645; Pennsbury School District, $41,579.
 
“These funds will ensure that our special needs students receive the additional resources necessary to make up the gaps in learning and skill-building caused by the switch to distance learning in the spring,” said Sen. Steve Santarsiero. “Our school districts have been faced with countless challenges as they adapt to these uncertain times, yet their commitment to ensuring all students receive access to quality education remains unwavering. These additional funds will benefit both our special needs students, and provide our teachers with necessary resources.”
 
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds, which can be used towards the safe reopening of schools in light of COVID-19. Grant amounts were calculated using an allocation formula based on the number of students with complex special education needs within each Local Education Agency.
 
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited the Scattered Acres Dairy Farm in Reading, one of Pennsylvania’s many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. On the farm, Secretary Redding revealed that nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments.
 
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the early days, we saw Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers face devastating losses. Hard work, sweat, and tears went - quite literally - down the drain,” said Secretary Redding. “We all saw it, the legislature recognized it, and we met it with a $15 million direct relief payment program. Don’t leave this money on the table - apply today and receive $1,500. It’s that easy.”

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