Mullery: Local school districts to receive grants for special education instruction

HARRISBURG, Aug. 21 – State funding in the amount of $208,680 will be shared among five school districts in the 119th District to assist with special education instruction for students negatively impacted by COVID-19, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today.

“Right now, school districts are coming up with the safest ways to start the new academic year safely to continue enriching the growing minds of our children,” Mullery said. “It is among the highest priorities that our schools have the funding they need so our most vulnerable students are not left behind.”

The following school districts received Governor’s Emergency Education Relief grants:

  • Crestwood School District: $16,354.
  • Greater Nanticoke Area School District: $14,532.
  • Hanover Area School District: $26,142.
  • Hazleton Area School District: $84,322.
  • Wyoming Valley West School District: $67,328.

Mullery explained the grants may be used to provide enhanced real-time instruction to bolster remote services and supports for students with complex needs; and provide services and support to students with disabilities who experienced a loss in skills and behavior and/or a lack of progress due to the mandatory school closures.

This funding comes from the $15 million in the commonwealth’s GEER fund and $5 million from the Department of Education’s federal funding through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The federal CARES Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of GEER funds.

Click here for a full list of grant recipients.