Hohenstein applauds more than $596 million in federal stimulus funding going to help local students during COVID-19 pandemic

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein is applauding the awarding of $596.23 million in federal stimulus funds to help strengthen services for students in several schools in Lower Northeast Philadelphia impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hohenstein said the financial resources will support food programs, technological improvements and other educational services. The funding will be distributed as follows: 

  • Philadelphia School District: $565.9 million.
  • First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School: $6.55 million.
  • Franklin Towne Charter Elementary School: $3.28 million.
  • Franklin Towne Charter High School: $4.11 million. 
  • Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School: $4.68 million.
  • Maritime Academy Charter School: $2.98 million.
  • Memphis Street Academy Charter School at J.P. Jones: $2.5 million.
  • Northwood Academy Charter School: $2.66 million.
  • The Philadelphia Charter School for Arts and Science: $3.57 million.

"We can't let COVID-19 stop our young people from receiving a quality education," said Hohenstein, D-Phila. "These federal stimulus dollars will play a crucial role in helping ensure students have the academic tools they need to learn safely, whether at home or in the classroom."

The federal relief is provided by the bipartisan Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund passed by Congress in December. This round of funding included $2.2 billion in funding distributed to K-12 school districts and charter schools throughout the commonwealth that have been impacted by the public health crisis. 

More information can be found on Gov. Tom Wolf's website