$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

Grants to fund training and equipment for expansion of computer science programs

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation.

The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs.

Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education.

“The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.”

School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include:

  • Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller)
  • Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy)
  • Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller)
  • City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley,  Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey)
  • Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody)
  • Duquesne City School District (Rep. Austin Davis)
  • East Allegheny School District (Rep. Brandon Markosek)
  • Manchester Academic Charter School (Frankel, Wheatley, Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Innamorato, Lee, Deasy and Gainey)
  • Mon Valley School (Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation)
  • North Hills School District (Ravenstahl, Innamorato)
  • Quaker Valley School District (Rep. Rob Matzie)
  • Riverview School District (Rep. Tony DeLuca and Dermody)
  • Shaler Area School District (Innamorato)
  • South Allegheny School District (Kortz and Davis)
  • Steel Valley School District (Davis and Lee)
  • Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter School (Frankel, Wheatley, Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Innamorato, Lee, Deasy and Gainey)

The funding is part of a package of $8.7 million in targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the commonwealth.