Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis today said 57 learning institutions including Norristown’s public schools will receive grants as part of a $20.9 million 21st Century Community Learning Challenge Grant.
The money will pay for community learning centers to provide educational services to students in high-poverty and low-performing schools," Tomalis said.
Their work will complement classroom learning.
The federally-funded grant was established under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
"The community learning centers which applied for funding were required to provide students with a variety of enrichment opportunities that they might not receive at school or at home," Tomalis said. "Applicants provide academic, cultural or artistic activities for children, as well as services to the families of participating students."
The Pennsylvania Department of Education received 119 applications. One provision was that the awardees had to represent eight geographical regions of the state.
Those chosen to receive the federal funding include: 19 community-based organizations; 17 school districts; 10 charter schools; five intermediate units; three institutes of higher education; and three faith-based organizations.
"Throughout Pennsylvania, there are countless students who are trapped in schools that are not meeting their academic, social and emotional needs," Tomalis said. "Efforts are being made to transform Pennsylvania’s educational establishment for the benefit of every student - however change is not occurring fast enough for a generation of students who we are failing.”
He thanked groups and community leaders who continue to support students “after the school bell rings."
Grants to the suburban Philadelphia counties included:
* Chester County Widener Partnership Charter School - $179,992
* Bucks County Lower Bucks Family YMCA - $500,000; Morrisville Borough School District - $499,175; United Way of Bucks County - $420,000
* Delaware County Chester Community Charter School - $500,000; Chester-Upland School District - $480,000; Southeast Delco School District - $480,000
* Montgomery County Norristown Area School District - $294,000