Argall: 2021-22 budget provides schools in Berks and Schuylkill Counties with $19.5 million funding increase

HARRISBURG – The 2021-22 bipartisan budget passed by the Senate and the House and signed into law by the Governor includes an increase of $19,495,949 compared to last year for the 21 Berks and Schuylkill County school districts in the 29th Senate district, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

The budget contains the largest one-year increase in education funding in the history of Pennsylvania, an effort to support schools after the severe hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m incredibly thankful that the final budget includes this extra funding for the school districts I represent,” Argall said.  “After all the disruptions parents, teachers and – most importantly – students have been forced to deal with throughout the pandemic, this extra support will help to restore a sense of normalcy when the upcoming school year begins.”

Of this increase, more than $7 million was federal funding to assist with the recovery from the pandemic.

To see the estimated funding increases each school district received, view the attached chart.  The varying amounts by school district generally represent differences in student populations and school districts’ wealth.

 

Contact: Jim Brugger    717.787.2637