Delaware County state officials applaud $1 million grant to William Penn School District

UPPER DARBY, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, chair of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Southeast Delegation, announced today that a collective effort among area state senators and representatives secured a $1 million state grant for the William Penn School District.

“I’m proud that our collective efforts on behalf of the William Penn School District have helped to garner this funding,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “This grant money will help level the playing field, giving the children of Delaware County the chance at an education they deserve. This funding is a critical investment in our children and our society’s future.”

“For the second year in a row, I’m grateful and humbled to have played a part in securing this important Ready to Learn grant funding for the William Penn School District,” said state Rep. McClinton, D-Phila. “We know that children in lower Delaware County are underserved due to unfair education funding. This grant is a step in the right direction toward fixing that imbalance.”

“Unfair funding has unfortunately had a large impact on the students of William Penn School District, and grants like this help bridge the gaps,” said state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila. “Every bit of extra funding helps to offset the negative effects that these children have experienced as a result of inequitable school funding.”

"No school district in the commonwealth is more deserving of this support than William Penn School District,” said state Rep. Mike Zabel.  “While full and fair education funding remains the ultimate goal, this Ready to Learn Grant is a victory for the students, families and residents of Aldan Elementary and the rest of the William Penn School District. It is a wise investment in our future."

“This grant is exciting news for William Penn School District,” said state Sen. Kearney, D-Chester/Delaware. “Every child has the right to a high-quality public education, and this funding will help ensure our students, staff and schools have the tools they need to succeed. I’m grateful to the Department of Education for making this critical investment in our children.”

“This is critical funding that will provide William Penn School District with the resources it needs to better prepare our children for college and careers,” said state Sen. Anthony H. Williams, D-Philadelphia/Delaware. “We must continue to better provide our school districts with the funding they need to meet the needs of each student.”

The funds were awarded as part of the Ready to Learn Block Grant program through the Department of Education.

The grant is intended to help schools establish, maintain or expand academic programs in alignment with commonwealth education standards.