Pashinski, Yudichak announce $1 million Ready to Learn Block Grant for Wilkes-Barre School District

WILKES-BARRE, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon, announced today a supplemental $1 million Ready to Learn Block Grant has been awarded from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.

“I’m incredibly thankful that Governor Tom Wolf and his administration have awarded this money to the Wilkes-Barre School District,” Pashinski said. “Wilkes-Barre School District is severely underfunded and every little bit will help ensure our students receive the education they deserve.”

“Governor Tom Wolf continues to find new and innovative ways to get our public schools the funding they need to deliver a high quality education to every child in Pennsylvania,” Sen. John Yudichak said. “The Wilkes-Barre School District will quickly invest the $1 million Ready to Learn Block Grant in expanding STEM-based educational opportunities and learning models that will better prepare students to advance their education or pursue a career.”

Ready to Learn Block Grants can go toward a multitude of uses, including establishing, maintaining or expanding pre- or full-day kindergarten, efforts to improve outcomes in STEM courses, providing tutoring assistance during the school day and providing supplemental instruction for the Keystone Exams. A full list of uses can be viewed at the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.

“The Wilkes-Barre Area School District is appreciative for the additional funding, and we’d like to thank Governor Tom Wolf, as well as our local legislators for supporting our district,” said Brian Costello, superintendent of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.

“I’m confident Wilkes-Barre will use this money to further the educational opportunities they provide to their students,” Pashinski said. “In the meantime, I’ll continue conversations with the governor’s office on how to increase Wilkes-Barre’s funding so we know all our students are getting a proper education.”