Lewis DelRosso Announces Federal Relief Funding to Benefit Local Schools - Flush with stimulus, schools should prioritize in-person learning
3/18/2021
HARRISBURG – Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced that the federal government’s latest COVID-19 relief package provides $1.9 trillion in mandatory funding, program changes and tax policies aimed at mitigating the continuing effects of the pandemic.

It provides $350 billion to help states, counties, cities and tribal governments cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue and mitigate economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“School officials should be mindful that this is a one-time infusion of funding and should not be used for long-term programming,” Lewis DelRosso said. “Parents, students and taxpayers are entitled to the greatest benefit this funding can provide, especially during a time when so many people are struggling financially, and our schools should be transparent about where this taxpayer money is being spent.”

The following is a breakdown of what school districts in the 33rd Legislative District will receive from the federal stimulus package that was recently signed into law:

   •  Allegheny Valley: $1,600,521.
   •  Deer Lakes: $1,412,771.
   •  Fox Chapel Area: $3,135,310.
   •  Highlands: $6,142,433.
   •  New Kensington-Arnold: $10,602,042.
   •  Riverview: $1,409,283.

Lewis DelRosso added that schools should be prioritizing full-time, in-person learning options for students. 
 
“With the influx of taxpayer dollars being provided to schools in the 33rd District and across Pennsylvania under this relief package, there is no reason why giving all students access to full-time, in-person learning should not be prioritized,” Lewis DelRosso said. “Every family in every community must have an equal opportunity for their children to attend the school that’s best for them.”

More than 40% of Pennsylvania’s 500 public school districts still have no in-person instruction, using entirely remote learning systems, despite warnings from health care experts and calls from national leaders to safely allow students back into the classrooms.

Lewis DelRosso is championing legislation deemed the In-Person Education Act, which would require schools with no full-time, in-person instruction to offer families a grant to access in-person educational alternatives.

“Too many students, especially low-income and minority students, are struggling academically and emotionally while trapped outside the classroom,” Lewis DelRosso said. “These students need access to in-person learning to ensure they do not fall permanently behind.”


Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso
33rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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